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Southwold to Kessingland via Easton Bavents and Covehithe  5 September 2009

 

Covehithe   June 2000

Covehithe   February 2002  rapid gullying and further cliff recession .. also a look at Benacre.

Covehithe   November 19 2004

 

Easton Bavents November  2004

Easton Bavents and North Southwold   June 2006

 

Easton Bavents, Southwold, Dunwich & Sizewell  December 2008

Southwold to Kessingland via Easton Bavents and Covehithe  5 September 2009

1 - Southwold pier and town defences to Mr Boggis' defences

2 - Easton cliffs and Broad to Covehithe Broad

3 - Covehithe cliffs to Benacre Broad and towards Kessingland - and back

 

2 -  Easton Cliffs and Broad to Covehithe Broad

 

 

 

Approaching Easton Broad

 

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Beyond Easton Bavents cliffs, moving northwards, the shore is backed by a low sandy, separating the beach from the low, marshy ground inland, as can be seen on the right.

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Looking along the beach northwards towards Easton Woods; Easton Broad is concealed from view at the northern end of the dune ridge.

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The tide has pushed the shingle upbeach and is just about to breach the berm on the left-hand photo.

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Almost suddenly  Easton Broad is upon you, with scores of Oystercatchers calmly sitting on the upper beach ...

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... and they only move if approached closer than thirty yards or so!

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I stayed here some time as the high tide breached the berm ... fascinating stuff!

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Easton Broad is a place of dried tree trunks and wind-blown sand ...

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... proving plenty of inspiration and materials for artists.

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The source of the timber is Easton Wood, on the northern flank of the broad .. with one specimen looking like an Ent that has hopped down onto the beach ... with more to follow! The dead trees I assume to have died from a combination of excessive drainage, being near a cliff, and possibly saltwater incursion.

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The beach debris of dead trees litters the beach along its frontage with Easton Wood.

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The foot of the cliffs is subjected to fresh falls of cliff material ... and sand drifting against debris.

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Back to more wave watching, as the high tide encroaches at the top of the beach.

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Covehithe Broad lies behind a zone of  sand features, with clumps of marram grass anchoring the deposits, and stones indicating where it has been winnowed away. The broad has been lightly fenced off for the benefit of breeding birds.

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'Fly on succulent' is flanked by views of the high tide.

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The time of high tide, surely, as the beach is swamped by ever-rising waves .. looking northwards, left and centre, with Covehithe church on the horizon.

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Covehithe Broad, centre, with views north and south.

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The beach is only navigated by easing around the bird-nesting fences at the edge of the dunes; the beach is all under water.

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The end of the line as the high tide peaks against the base of the cliffs. At this point active removal of cliff debris was seen to take place.

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Suffolk  Easton Bavents Covehithe Benacre Broad coasts erosion beach features high tide  sand dunes cliffs  wildlife birds reserve

 

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