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COASTAL ESTUARY

COASTAL ESTUARY

COASTAL

W O R T H W O R D SCOASTAL ESTUARYPatrick Brennan, year 9, explores the secret communities of a bleakenvironmentIt is cold and bleak, the lights ofthe city glowing like fireflies on thehorizon. The windswept grass, rustlingand swaying on the fens, isaccompanied only by the regular,quiet crashing of the waves, thuddingagainst the spit and scree. Thebusyness of the ports and impatienceof the city is forgotten, a distantecho in a timeless night. Thisis a true coastal wilderness.As the dawn breaks, heraldingthe start of a new day, the sea retreats,exposing the mud below, arich restaurant, with treasures waitingto be discovered within. Whilethe first rays of sunlight reach overthe horizon like fingers on a pencil,a group of sanderlings run alongthe shore, little clockwork legs carryingthem along the tideline. Asolitary Heron lifts from its perchand lands on the marshes. Withthe gathering life and slow waningof the tide the estuary is opening itsbounty and sharing the promise offood with all who embrace it.Soon the cycle of the estuary isrevealed as more and more creaturearrive. A small flock of lapwings14 Wordsworth 2008

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