Titchwell Marsh (adjacent to Thornham marshes) is a 420 acres Royal Society for the Protection of Birds nature and bird reserve. It is an area of salt marshes and freshwater lagoons and is the home to thousands of birds as well as being a stopping off point for migrating varieties.
The exposure of these tree stumps at low tide in the Thornham Saltmarshes seems, in some way, symbolic of the amazing discovery in 1998 at neighbouring Holme-next-the-Sea. This coastal strtch is susceptible to strong currents, tidal surges and shifting sands. A combination of these factors led, in November 1998, to the discovery of a previously submerged ‘tree circle’ a henge similar in its formation to Stonehenge. It was clearly of Bronze Age origin, and experts were subsequently able to confidently date its construction to 2049BC. The circle comprised 56 posts and at its centre was the upturned root of an oak tree.
A BBC news item on the ‘find’ is available on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/388988.stm.
Thornham Harbour, North Norfolk (see https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/thornham-harbour/ ) is located on a narrow strip of coast designated both as an Area of Natural Beauty and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reed beds, salt marshes, freshwater lagoons and beaches provide important habitats for wildlife.
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Once an active small harbour, Thornham Harbour, North Norfolk, has become a mooring at the end of a muddy creek. From the harbour to the sea is a 20 minute walk across salt marshes at low tide, although with spring tides, there is extensive flooding. In addition to its legitimate trading purposes, in the eighteenth century the harbour became notorious for its smuggling activities – wool, tea, tobacco, alcohol etc.
(See also https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/left-high-and-dry/ )
Attached to the side of the abandoned boat in Thornham Harbour is the following request: