52/2013 Week 48


Fishing Boat

This week I was on the Dee Estuary, English side. The River Dee flows through the estuary, which at it’s widest point is several miles wide. The estuary opens into Liverpool Bay and forms the boundary between the Wirral Peninsula in north-west England and Flintshire in north-east Wales.

The estuary is a major wildlife area and is one of the most important estuaries in Britain and amongst the most important in Europe for its populations of waders and wildfowl.

There are some important natural fisheries in the estuary, including Salmon and Trout which swim to and from the freshwater river, as well as sea-fisheries and shell-fisheries, especially Cockles.

On the Welsh side of the estuary is Mostyn docks which provides one of the stages of transport for Airbus A380 wings on their way to Toulouse.

The wings are manufactured at Broughton in North Wales, then transported by barge to Mostyn docks, where a RORO ship adds them to its cargo for onward transportation.

Todays photograph was taken with my trusty Pentax K-30 and the Sigma 150-500mm lens.

 

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2 comments

    • Mike Hardisty

      Hi Yvonne, that estuary is one of the most important for birds in the UK. We get a lot on the Welsh side, especially at Talacre, where I photograph the lighthouse. But the English side gets even more. I’ve just written a new post about being on the English side.

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