The Wilden Marsh Blog


Sunrise: 05.06 Sunset: 09.24 Hoo Brook Pasture still looks like a battlefield, but it’s a field in which the battle is almost won. Most of the Himalayan balsam seeds and leaves have passed through the cattle, but a lot of bare stalks are left sticking up above ground. In fact, I’d say the cattle are bored with this pasture and are preferring the rough grasses at the dry end of the Swamp,… Read More

Sunrise: 05.06  Sunset: 09.24 Leaning on the gate of the Riverside Pasture, I’m looking east across the northern end of the Swamp. Hoo Brook, which borders the northern end of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, is immediately to the left of the balsam behind the stock fence. Hoo Brook Pasture gate is just out of sight at the far end of the fence. Last year, this area… Read More

Sunrise: 06.07     Sunset: 06.24 The marsh is showing signs of greening-up.    

Sunrise: 08.17 Sunset: 03.58 This rusted steel structure straddling the swamp is the remains of a pipeline that carried dirt laden sugar beet washing water from a now defunct sugar factory, to large settling ponds in the lagoon field.  The large brown lagoon and half of the adjoining green lagoon in this 1999 aerial photograph, is now the flooded withy wood and full of tightly packed willow, birch and alder trees, some of which… Read More

Sunrise: 08.15 Sunset: 03.56 Here is a view across the swamp towards the pipe bridge in the distance, where I stood earlier this afternoon shooting an image of the canal and River Stour.