Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Marshside no more!

Don't panic - it's all in the name(s). To many it's simply Marshside, to others it's Marshside 1 and Marshside 2. But now, no more. Marshside 1 is to be known as Rimmer's Marsh after the Rimmer family who grazed stock there at the end of the 1800's and Marshside 2 will be known as Sutton's Marsh for the same reason. The current tenant farmer of Marshside 2, oops Sutton's Marsh, is Tom Sutton whos family has been grazing stock on the marsh for four generations. Tom's comment was: 'I'm sure the cows and birds aren't much bothered what we call the marshes - they love the place all the same.' True enough, but it does help to know where the 5052 Black-tailed Godwits and 2840 Golden Plover are hanging out; not to mention the odd Water Rail or Jack Snipe. But, I suppose it will still be Marshside, with a quick reference to Rimmer or Sutton by way of detailed geography.

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