Calshot spit.

Today we drove further from home to walk at Calshot Spit, a cold fresh and sunny day lightened ones mood in these difficult times.

Calshot beach forms part of a mile long shingle spit that reaches out into the mouth of Southampton Water. It is a great spot to watch ships coming into the Port of Southampton. At the end of the spit is Calshot Castle one of a number of small forts built to defend the south coast from the French by Henry VIII Calshot Castle was built in 1539. On the land side of the spit is salt marsh which is home to many water birds. Behind the marsh is the decommissioned Fawley Power Station which is slowly being dismantled.

On the Fawley site  MHI Vestas has a state-of-the-art painting and logistics facility for its 80-metre turbine blades which are manufactured on the Isle of Wight. They are moved on special ships to the site.

Redshank and Little Egret on the Salt Mash.

6 thoughts on “Calshot spit.

  1. What a great post. I love those birds in flight. I love sitting near the ocean watching the big ships come in with their cargo. I visited the Mississippi River a couple of times and sat watching the big cargo ships heading South to the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River is the border between the states of Arkansas and Mississippi..

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  2. You captured the synchronized flying by those shorebirds Andy; the Egret was content to just stand and ponder life. Those container ships are amazingly large aren’t they? We have people that live in homes made from those containers here in the States.

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      • OK, I didn’t know if it was an “American thing” – I wonder if you can heat or put air conditioning in them? I often see these container ships and wonder too and when they have rough water, how they keep them from falling off the ships – I don’t see any straps securing the cargo.

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      • Containers are linked together by something called a twistlocks. and to allow these rods to be attached, ships have what are known as lashing bridges running across the ship between the rows of containers. Although they on having a google I found that some 450 to 650 are still lost at sea each year! Southampton is one of our major container ports so we always see lots of container ships entering the approaches to the port.

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