Mudflats and Shopping Trolleys
An occasional series illustrating a Journey along the River Mersey
Along the river banks the mudflats are exposed when the tide recedes, also exposed is much of the detritus of modern living, discarded without thought or consideration. As the sun's setting rays light up the mud the shopping trolleys and pram wheels can be seen in all their glory.
Over the last few years the River Mersey has been cleaned up considerably, all down to the enthusiasm of Michael Heseltine in the 1980s. Fish can now be found there and, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, over 100,000 ducks and waders can be found taking an inter-tidal afternoon tea on the mudflats. Not many about here but plenty of footprints, perhaps they are shy birds.
Experts suggest, so who am I to disagree, that one cubic metre of Mersey Mud contains enough worms and insects to match the calorie content of 16 Mars Bars.
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