Sizewell Musings Blog

 April

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane is part of the old Leiston Common which still exists but is a lot smaller. Part of  the Suffolk Sandlings this would have been sheep country. Described as 'waste land'  a phrase which implies the land only has value as potential 'productive' farmland.  This waste land was for the use of the people to graze their animals, to cut furze and bracken and forage for food. Today it provides a mosaic of habitats for plants and animals charcteristic of  the sandy heath.  In the distance in the photo below we see Sizewell B.  Excavations before it was built  found the remains of pre-historic horse, deer,  giant gazelle,  leopard and rhinoceros as well as the fossilised shells of a variety of sea creatures. (See  Lee Chadwick  'In Search of Heathland' p70 1982) Quite magical when you think about it...

sizewell through branch

Despite the hum of the nuclear power plant the natural world is undisturbed. I feel a tremendous a sense of calm here. The quality of the light, the bird song, the buzz of the flies are transformative in their powers. It feels timeless.

purslane

On the beach

This beach has a remarkable range of plants from sea cabbage (with snails) to miniature plants as yet unknown by name to me. 

but I think the stone here might be home to  Caloplaca marina (Weddell) Zahlbruckner. It reminds me of the surfaces of the moons of Jupiter and Neptune. Strange frozen worlds mirrroring our own only with methane instead of water.