Following another visit to Cliffe yesterday, I’ve published new work on my portfolio site within two small galleries: Cliffe Pools focuses on the inland landscape of the area, Lower Hope has images shot nearby at the Thames shore. Both sets have been added to the Locations page. Look out for one or two colour images from yesterday too, coming soon here on the blog.
For those unfamiliar with this area, here is a brief introduction. Cliffe Pools are a mix of saline lagoons, freshwater pools, grassland, saltmarsh and scrub. These habitats have developed on old clay diggings and river dredgings. Its RSPB reserve is renowned as a site for wading birds, with massed flocks moving from the Thames Estuary onto the pools on winter high tides, a wide range of passage birds in autumn and spring, and breeding avocets, redshanks, lapwings and ringed plovers. For more information, visit the website of Wildlife Extra.
In addition to the nature reserve, Cliffe Pools have been host to many other activities, present and historical: the Blue Circle Sailing Club, Brett Aggregates and the remains of Cliffe Fort, a Victorian river defence structure. On its Thames shore, at the Lower Hope, a number of derelict vessels can be seen at low tide, such as the wreck of Hans Egede.