Morecambe Bay - made by the moon

The vast intertidal sands are perhaps the defining feature of Morecambe Bay. 

Much that is distinctive about the Bay arises from the simple fact that when the sea goes out, it goes out for miles.  

This means that the way people use the Bay is unique and special:

  • As the tide ebbs, it opens a route for travel, celebrated now with cross Bay walks, echoing the trade routes of old. 
  • Fishermen gather cockles on foot, not by boat as elsewhere, but with tractors, and as recently as the 1960s with horses and carts. 
  • When the sea goes out, it goes out for miles revealing vast shining sands, the feeding grounds for internationally important numbers of wildfowl and waders.

And all these things have made the character of Morecambe Bay.  Yet it is the retreating tides that create the vast intertidal areas.  And so, we might say that Morecambe Bay was "made by the moon."

 

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