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Sizewell - a walk to Dunwich Heath and back  30 May 2009

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Sizewell to Dunwich Heath walk  30 May 2009

 

 

Arrived at Sizewell beach on a brilliant Saturday morning to see familiar scenes, and an example of comparative technology, centre.

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Sizewell 'A' on the left and new dome of Sizewell 'B' on the right.

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The loading gantry in front of Sizewell 'A' and the similar structure in front of  Sizewell 'B' either side of centre.

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The setting of Sizewell 'B', with stabilised sand followed by a grassed valley of beach material.

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Assorted views of Sizewell 'A' on the left and right, with Sizewell 'B' in the centre.

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Looking back to the south at Sizewell 'A', left and centre and across to Sizewell 'B'.

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Any new Sizewell 'C' will be built on land to the north of Sizewell 'B'  ... to the right of the domes structure.

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The nature of the coastal zone, a wide shingle beach backed by a narrow swathe of dunes and its relationship with the Sizewell power stations.

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To the north of the power stations is the area of the Minsmere nature reserve. Known for its RSPB wetlands, the reserve also contains this valuable area of stabilised dunes and heathland.

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Some views of the power stations across the dune barrier. The centre shot was taken to fit the caption 'The road to nuclear power'?

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The wetlands to the west of the beach and dune barrier, left and the Minsmere New Cut from the sluice, centre. On the right is one of the lakes of the RSPB reserve, with its artificial bunds and observation hides.

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Old anti-tank obstacles still straddle the dune ridge, and were an irresistible temptation to fit comments about the inadvisability ....

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... of leaving concrete blocks on this stretch of coastline, and expecting them to lie unmoved! O course, this is an allusion to the need to encase the core of an old nuclear power plant and keep it intact for several hundred years.

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Dunwich Heath, where the cliffs meet the Minsmere marshes, and an area subject to some erosion from tourists. Here, the sea has encroached on the cliff end, so it is being protected from further trampling by a fence and brushwood.

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A good marker for the current height of the beach is this sunken telegraph pole, that can be used as a datum for fieldwork surveys. However, it must be mentioned that the beach is regularly re-worked by machinery! Note how the wattle fence has been submerged!

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Some views to the south, on the return walk, of the power stations from the beach.

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More beaches and concrete blocks make the point about not leaving concrete on the Suffolk coast unattended!

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On the left some Marram grass is doing its job of trapping wind-blown sand, whilst on the right is a photo of a wider community of vegetation developing.

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Some final images of the power stations, from the dunes and the foreshore. the centre shot is the sweep of the bay northwards towards the Coastguard Cottages at Dunwich Heath.

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Suffolk Sizewell Minsmere Dunwich Heath nuclear power stations beach coasts shingle sand dunes vegetation succession  WW 2 defences  cliffs erosion

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