The River Colne at Rowhedge is part tidal, and
widens to the Colne Estuary .The location of the camera may be found
The camera is pointing towards the Wivenhoe Woods on the opposite bank of the river. In the foreground
are the Rowhedge mud moorings. Colchester is to the left (1km), with
Wivenhoe (300 m) and Fingringhoe (800 m) to the right.
As a tidal river the Colne at
Rowhedge is affected by the positions of the earth,
moon and sun. The atmospheric pressure and wind is a variable that also contributes
to the tide. As with the river Thames, the river Colne was selected by the
Environment Agency (EA) to have an artificial barrier constructed,
thus limiting the tide heights and reducing the risk of surge tide
flooding as in the infamous 1953 flood. As a result the high tides seen
in the archive are buffered to a height
acceptable by the EA.
The webcam archive clearly shows a
constant plateau of high water over a period of time during the
Rowhedge is steeped in maritime
until recently has always had an active port, as did the Hythe at
Colchester. As these activities have now ceased, the river is no
longer regularly dredged and is becoming shallow sided. The river is now used
mainly for pleasure craft, including the Wivenhoe
Recent years have seen a revival in the Rowhedge
There is an old book from 1977
with lots of fascinating pictures of bygone Rowhedge .It is called
and is available in an online format for
The book is available from the Rowhedge Heritage Trust.
Situated mid-way between
Fingringhoe and Wivenhoe Nature Reserves plus the Hythe Lagoon, the
area includes sites of special scientific interest (
). The river and mud
banks attract a wide variety of migratory and native birds, fish,
and the occasional mammal.
Move your mouse over the left image
below to demonstrate the difference in tide heights.
The latest still image is shown
The webcam has an archive, and you
can see a small time-lapse video showing the mists of the Colne
Valley receding into the Blackwater estuary. The video (XviD) can be