Sunset in our back garden
By Geoff Plant
17 May 2013
These pictures were taken over Morcambe Bay on Thursday evening .The beach at the top of the road where we live has become known as "OUR BACK GARDEN" As we live so close and walk there most days It is so peaceful to walk on the sands at low tide and the VISTA is so beautiful. we love to "comb the beach for shells and sea glass and there is an abundance off bird life that feed ther. Some are permanent visitors others Winter there before going on to their summer /winter feeding grounds
Morecambe Bay is a large bay in northwest England, nearly due east of the Isle of Man and just to the south of the Lake District National Park. It is the largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sand in the United Kingdom, covering a total area of 310 km². In 1974 the second largest gas field in the UK was discovered 25 miles west of Blackpool, with original reserves of over 7tcf. At its peak 15% of Britain's gas was found there The rivers Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre drain into the Bay, with their various estuaries making a number of peninsulas within the bay. Much of the land around the bay is reclaimed, forming salt marshes used in agriculture. Morecambe Bay is also an important wildlife site, with abundant bird life and varied marine habitats, and there is a bird observatory at Walney Island. The bay has rich cockle beds, which have been fished by locals for generations.
There are seven main islands in the bay; Walney, Barrow, Sheep, Piel, Chapel, Foulney and Roa. Sheep, Piel, Chapel and Foulney Islands are tidal and can be walked to at low tide with appropriate care. Local guidance should be sought if walking to Chapel or Piel islands as fast tides and quicksand can be extremely dangerous. Roa Island is linked to the mainland by a causeway and is only rarely cut off. there is also a "Royal appointed guide".The bay is a rich prawning ground and Cockle beds are plentiful there.The bay is notorious for its quicksand and fast moving tides (it is said that the tide can come in "as fast as a horse can run"). On the night of 5 February 2004, 23 Chinese immigrant cockle pickers drowned after being cut off by the tides. This tragedy led some commentators to suggest that the cockle beds should be closed until improved safety measures could be introduced which was done . they are now open again under strict licence.