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The Blue Lagoon of the North East

Our inspired contributor, photographer Ivor Robinson, has been wandering around his local neighbourhood and seeing things in a different light, looking at things in more depth and documenting his experiences.

Ivor says “Another short walk we had was down on the Blue Lagoon, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool. Not too cold from a temperature point of view but when you added in a completely open space and the strong wind the chill factor was not very conducive to taking your hands out of your pockets and pressing the shutter button. 

But we persevered, we were out for the exercise and some ozone. The Blue Lagoon has become very popular with dog walkers and I must admit that when we had our wolfies it was one place we could let them to have a real run. However, I was always mindful of the Little Tern breeding season.

I think the images here speak for themselves, we would have stayed longer, but we became very, very cold and the thought of a MacFlurrie (the cheapest ice creams you can buy these days) drew us away.

Whilst sitting eating our ice creams at the Hartlepool Marina I noticed the sky showing some nice colours so I finished my ice and went a short walk and collected a few more shots”

Seaton Dunes and the Common area:

It is an area of Special Scientific Interest and consists of two separate distinct pats, Seaton Dunes to the east and Seaton Common further inland to the West. The dune system is one of the largest and most diverse in North East England encompassing foredune, mobile dunes, semi and fixed sand dunes. The Common is the low lying marsh criss-crossed by a network of creeks and ditches, it is an ideal habitat for migrant and over wintering wildfowl. You could be forgiven for thinking that it is little more than a vast field used only for grazing cattle. The grazing cattle are vital in keeping down rank grasses which would otherwise render this crucial feeding area unsuitable for many birds, and the numerous dykes maintain water levels essential for water-loving plants, amphibians, insects and birds. 

Seaton Common also has many features of archaeological and historical interest which collectively make an important archaeological landscape. The hills on site are salt mounds, relics of a once thriving salt production industry. Other features on the Common may date from the medieval period. Some of the stells (ditches) may represent early efforts at land reclamation. Medieval ridge and furrow is also in evidence. 

And, Seaton Dunes have several examples of World War 2 tank traps

 I hope you enjoy my images. (No tank traps included) 

Good light

Ivor Robinson

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