The most diverse 4 square miles in Britain

Nowhere in Great Britain does such a natural diversity occur within such a small area.
Nested on England's panoramic east coast, Donna Nook proffers an outstanding natural ecology,
English Nature protection, carbon reducing salt flats, a rare large breeding grey seal colony
alongside billion dollar fast jets flown by top gun pilots. A unique world war 2 history and rich agricultural farmland.
Photographed by Steve Thornton

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About 4 Sq Miles

4 Square miles is an ongoing photographic project which I started in mid 1998. Covering the diversity of such a relatively small area to portray within a photographic narrative an exhibition, a book and fine art prints. The images portray the ecology of the landscape, its active use, history and its workers (in production). The exhibition will hold approximately 50 framed museum grade prints and a photographic book of over 150 pages. The fine art prints are available now for purchase as listed below.

Nowhere in Great Britain does such a natural diversity occur within such a small area.

Nested on England’s panoramic east coast, Donna Nook proffers an outstanding natural ecology. With a huge Salt Marsh, one of the most effective habitats for carbon capture and can be even more effective than tropical rainforests.
Nested on England’s panoramic east coast, Donna Nook proffers an outstanding natural ecology. With a huge Salt Marsh, one of the most effective habitats for carbon capture and can be even more effective than tropical rainforests.
The salt marsh, sand dunes, wetland habitats and the ebbing tides provide perfect feeding grounds for invertebrate species, attracting many wading birds, wildfowl, and song birds. In springtime the sand dunes and meadows are alive with the songs of the skylark and the echo of Cuckoo’s. Curlews, Dunlin, Knot, Oystercatchers and Redshanks feed on the ebbing tide. Brent geese, and Shovelers settle on salt marsh whilst Egrets and Avocets can be seen skittering away when a Hen Harrier glides nearby. 
Thousands of Grey seals bask in the low sun un-nerved as fast jets practice live fire exercises. One of the largest Grey seal colonies in Great Britain are resident on the sand bank and come in to the sand dunes to breed every December. Last year in 2020, over 2000 seal pups where born. 
The Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force use the beaches as an air weapons range where billion dollar jets and helicopter gunships practice live firing on most days and nights. Alongside Donna Nook being an active air weapons range, there is a unique world war 2 history with the remains of a hospital for injured Lancaster bomber crews returning from missions over Germany and a prisoner of war camp where drawings can be seen by some artistic prisoners.
Shared within this landscape are rich, sustainable acreages of agricultural farmland producing crops of barley, wheat, rape and vegetables with lapwing meadows for grazing Gelbvieh cattle.

 

4 SQ Miles Image Collection

Photographic exhibition | Book | Fine art prints

Buy Signature or Studio edition fine art pigment prints. Prices from £125.00

4 SQ Miles Workers | This is in production and will be published May 2021
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Published this autumn 2021

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