About Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities, and I am Director of the University's Environmental Humanities Research Centre

Eden Project seeking to build a new centre on Morecambe Bay. BBC Radio 4 programme on this.

The famous Eden Project is seeking to build a new centre on Morecambe Bay which would focus on the tidal landscapes, ecology and so forth and also the wider world of water and ecology. See press report here.

The BBC Radio 4 series Open Country recently dedicated an entire episode to this story, discussing many aspects of Morecambe Bay and its tides. Programme link here. (This link might lapse in time).

This is the programmes on-line descriptor.

“The Eden Project plans to bring its distinctive building design and appreciation for biodiversity to Morecambe. It’s hoped that this Eden Project of the North would not only bring many visitors to the wider Morecambe Bay area but that it would also help us to understand the incredible ecosystem within the bay. Until now the Bay has often been feared after tragedies such as when 23 cockle pickers were drowned in 2004. It is the UK’s largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sands and this ecosystem creates a feeding ground and habitat for many species as well as supporting a unique method of fishing on foot and tractor. Many of those fishermen know how to work and cross the bay safely but Cedric Robinson is the man intrusted as ‘The Queen’s Guide to the Sands’. In this role he has been helping people cross the bay for 55 years and he has seen the bay changing. Helen Mark meets Cedric and hears how the Eden Project and the Morecambe Bay Partnership hope to transform the bay into a place of fascination for all with landscape art, iconic buildings such as The Midland Hotel and proposed Eden Project and the stories of those who know the bay best.”

 

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Edgelarks; New CD; Feather; Track 5; What We Save From The Tide

Track 5 of this new CD Feather by Edgelarks; is inspired by the tide, what can be found beach-combing, and the imaginative process. Written by Hannah Martin.

Edgelarks 'Feather' Album Launch Tour

This CD is only just out – as in their previous songs, there is a focus on place, landscapes and environment.

Details of the CD and one sample track are on Bandcamp

They say in the CD notes

“Several books were of particular significance in the writing of these songs. I am thankful to Nick Groom’s The Seasons, Kathleen Jamie’s Findings, and Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark for all their wisdom.”

So this is modern folk music written very much in relation to contemporary nature writing, and environmental philosophy writing.

 

Soundscape with commentary on the rhines (drainage ditches) on the levels by the Severn Estuary

New major Film about the Tidal Wadden Sea – Silence of the Tides

“SILENCE OF THE TIDES is a cinematic portrait that is driven by the continuous ‘breathing’ of the Wadden, an area anchored amongst continuous tensions against a backdrop of light, mist, wind, water and land.

The film observes the inhaling and exhaling of the tides along with the repeating cycles and contrasts of nature, light, sound and mankind.

The film evokes the question of whether the Wadden Islands are a part of water or part of the land, but above all it gives shape and scope to the unique living existence of the Wadden Sea and its inhabitants.”

More info here 

A try out of an inflatable kayak; and swimming; high tide; Severn Estuary at Thornbury Sailing Club

Here is a Flickr album of some pictures. Many thanks to Fran Ward and Thornbury Sailing Club – and Simon. It was great to be out on the tide rather than viewing from the shore as usual. The inflatable kayak seemed fine! And there was someone with a homemade double canvas canoe. We tried that too. And we swam in Oldbury Pill. Click on the picture to go to the slide show.

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