Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Stone Barges, Rainham

Quick visit to the stone barges at Rainham. I had hopped to add both Rock and Water Pipit, didn't find either, but Yellow Legged Gull and a Ruff were a nice compensation.

There are a number of abandoned concrete barges near the Tilda rice premises. The barges played their part in history. They originally formed part of the mulberry harbours built to support the DD landings at Normandy in 1944. In 1953 they were used to shore up river defences following the great floods of 1953. Now they provide excellent nesting and roosting sites for birds. Access to the riverside car park is off Coldharbour Lane.