Anyone who regularly looks at my blogs will have noticed that I spend a lot of time around Titchfield Haven in Hampshire overlooking the Solent. There are three clear habitats Wetlands, beach and sea.
Until the late 16th century the river Meon was navigable as far Titchfield, which was a significant port. Silting up of the waterway restricted passage of ships. A small canal was constructed and opened in 1611.At the time the Titchfield Canal was only the second canal existing in Britain.
The canal also suffered from silting and the sea trade moved to nearby Southampton and Portsmouth. As part of the construction of the canal, the outfall of the River Meon to the sea was dammed, creating the wetlands in the floodplain of the river that now forms the nature reserve. The river today flows into the Solent near Hill Head where there is a small harbour.
Todays highlight watching a Kestrel.