THE TOUCHING THE TIDE LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP IS OVER BUT THERE'S HEAPS HERE SO KEEP EXPLORING YOUR CHANGING COAST!

OUR PROJECTS

  1. Map produced by GeoData Institute (Andrew Murdock and Gemma Gubbins).

    UNDERWATER DUNWICH

    Dunwich is the iconic lost city – in the early Middle Ages this town was one of the largest in England, and its outer walls stood nearly two miles beyond the present shoreline.  Since then coastal erosion, and particularly several huge storms in the late 1200s and early 1300s, have almost entirely destroyed the town. Only the old Greyfriars Priory and a solitary gravestone survive of the old town. The slice of map above shows the Dunwich 2000 land line and the town as it was in 1587 and 1826 digitized with overlaid aerial photography. You can also download the full map if you want to see more. Read more »

  2. Exploring at Barber's Point Open Day 2013 © Oliver Salathiel

    COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY

    Touching the Tide (TtT) has run three major digs, as well as providing training in archaeological techniques for interested volunteers. Read more »

  3. VIRTUAL REALITY MARTELLO TOWER

    *Ever fancied exploring a Martello Tower? Now you can! *You have the choice of a video, navigating your own way around by downloading a game style fly-through or a full virtual reality experience. Read more »

  4. Winning Design for the Proposed Memorial © SC&H AONB

    ORFORD NESS MEMORIAL

    For nearly 80 years, thousands of men and women, military and civilian, crossed the River Ore from Orford Quay to serve their country in top-secret work. They were responsible for an astonishing series of developments in weaponry and defence systems vital to the outcome of the 20th century’s world conflicts.  Despite displaying resourcefulness, brilliance, perseverance and courage in often adverse conditions, their achievements have gone almost unrecognised. Read more »

  5. The new Underwater Dunwich display at Dunwich Museum

    MUSEUMS

    Touching the Tide has been working with coastal museums in Suffolk. Read more »

  6. Little Tern at Nest © Chris Gomersall (RSPB images.com)

    GRADUATE TRAINEE

    Each year Touching the Tide (TtT) has funded a short training post for a graduate trainee.  The aim was to help them to get their foot on the career ladder; that vital first job. Details varied from year to year but the role always involved working with: the RSPB helping to protect little tern colonies; the National Trust at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve; and TtT helping with our busy summer events and a shingle survey. Read more »

  7. DOGGERLAND DAY

    Over the summer Waveney and Blyth Arts (WBA) and Touching the Tide have been working together to bring the lost world of Mesolithic Doggerland alive through science and art. You can find out more about what we've been doing, and watch a film about the project, on the WBA wesite.  Read more »

  8. Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty © DV AONB

    NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN GUIDANCE

    Touching the Tide has helped produce a guide to preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. Read more »

  9. Suffolk beach litter © SC&H AONB

    CLEANING UP FOR GOOD

    Touching the Tide was excited to be working with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) on a Beachwatch project in schools. Through this, students gained first-hand experience of the beach litter issues in Suffolk and explored local solutions. Read more »

  10. Children exploring coastal heathland  © SC&H AONB

    WORKING WITH SCHOOLS

    We are working with a number of partners to deliver different Touching the Tide programmes in schools. Please see below for further details. As this part of the project is developing, if you'd like to know more please contact Touching the Tide with your name, school, the area/topic you're interested in and your contact details so we can keep you updated. Read more »

  11. Restoring saltmarsh at Falkenham © SC&H AONB

    SALTMARSH RESTORATION

    Saltmarsh is a vital habitat that has so many hidden benefits. Its creeks and channels provide refuge and a feeding ground for baby fish resting up from fast flowing water in the main estuary. The mud settling out from the tidal waters gets stored within the saltmarsh and mudflats, acting as a carbon sink, that is, taking carbon out of the atmosphere. In the December 2013 storm surges, the saltmarsh within Suffolk's estuaries and along its coast removed some of the tremendous wave energy generated. This protected the sea walls behind from being breached in some places. Read more »

  12. Orfordness Lighthouse © SC&H AONB

    ORFORDNESS LIGHTHOUSE

    Touching the Tide (TtT) is helping a group of local residents mark the decommissioning of Orfordness Lighthouse after over 223 years' service with Trinity House. Although no longer needed for navigation, the lighthouse is still much loved locally. Read more »

  13. An entry in the TtT Photo Competition: River Deben © Claire Challis

    TtT PHOTO COMPETITION

    *THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED - we celebrated the winners at the Peter Pears gallery in Aldeburgh in September along with artwork from all the Tidal Margins workshops.* Read more »

  14. AONB WARDENS

    Interested in volunteering? Read more »

  15. Sea Pea © Natural England

    VEGETATED SHINGLE

    Vegetated Shingle is a unique and fragile habitat, full of rare species.  England has a high proportion of the world's shingle, and Suffolk has large proportion of the UK's, so we have a special responsibility. Sometimes because something is common in one place its wider importance is under-appreciated where it is found, and certainly that seems to be one of the issues for shingle. Read more »

  16. A Wire Lapwing created at a Tidal Margins workshop © Tidal Margins artists

    TIDAL MARGINS ART WORKSHOPS

    Tidal Margins is a project involving six artists, three writers and two photographers. The project began with the publication of a report by the Crown Estates in 2010 “Art as a tool in the support of the understanding of coastal change in East Anglia”, which looked at the work of over 200 artists produced between 1770 and 1940 in order to chart the evolving shape of the Suffolk Coastline.  Tidal Margins aims to explore a contemporary sense of place, continuing in this long line of artists who have taken this landscape as their inspiration. Read more »

  17. Wireless Green & P Tower by F.W.Smith RN 1897. Courtesy of Felixstowe Museum.

    MARTELLO TOWER P INTERPRETATION

    Martello Tower P down on the Felixstowe seafront off Langer Road is being renovated as part of the development of the surrounding area by Bloor Homes.  This Tower has a particularly interesting history, from the time it was completed just in time to miss the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the closure of the nuclear bunker in 1968 just five years after it was built in the Tower’s grounds. Questions about defence spending are evidently nothing new! Read more »

  18. © SC&H AONB

    FELIXSTORY STREET THEATRE

    These days Felixstowe is best known for its thriving container port, one of the largest in the UK. But more than a hundred years ago, in the golden years before the First World War, it was one of the most fashionable resorts in England. The wonderful Felixstory - a street theatre history of Felixstowe - took in entertainment, suffragettes, war, radar and a ride on a vintage bus. Not to mention a passing acquaintance with John Betjamen and a certain Mrs Wallis Simpson who stayed here while she got to know Britain’s future King, Edward VIII. Read more »

  19. scout enjoying sailing off Suffolk

    SUFFOLK SCOUTS

    Touching the Tide has been helping ten Suffolk Scouts go sailing off the coast of Suffolk and another nine to take part in the Tall Ships race.  We've also been able to help a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme group buy some new camping equipment. Read more »

  20. The new scrape at Hollesley Marshes © RSPB/Kieren Alexander

    A NEW WETLAND

    The RSPB has just finished a major project with funding from the WREN Biodiversity Action Fund to provide an exciting new home for nature at Hollesley Marshes where a new “scrape” or wetland has been created. It has been nicknamed "Holltopia" and will provide a home for a wide variety of species including avocets, lapwing and ringed plovers, as well as common, sandwich and little terns. Read more »

  21. The huge Living Seas board game being put to good use © Suffolk Wildlife Trust

    TtT GRANTS FUND

    The Touching the Tide community grants fund is now closed. In total we have awarded £38,538. Read more »

  22. Shingle Street

    LANDSCAPE CHARACTER

    As part of the development of Touching the Tide, we commissioned Alison Farmer Associates to write a Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) of the Suffolk Coast. Landscape Character is what makes an area distinct; what makes the Blyth estuary, say, different from the upper Alde.  The LCA sets out the special qualities of the different parts of the Suffolk Coast, and describes the local distinctiveness that Touching the Tide aims to celebrate and conserve.  Read more »