MSc Aquatic Ecosystems Management Field trip to Sellafield, November 2003

Purpose: Visit the Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing facility and carry out a sampling programme aimed at a radiological examination of waters and sediments in the vicinity.

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 Sellafield itself is off-limits for photography and by the time we left it was dark, so no detailed shots through the security fence: this is the Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge where we spent the night
 A hearty breakfast was the first requirement in the morning
 The group assembles for the sampling trip to the Ravenglass Estuary
 

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The group split into  3: the "marine" group collected water, seaweed...
 and mussels
and more mussels..  

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The village of Ravenglass
Meanwhile, the other 2 groups took readings of surface radiation values along transect lines from the saltmarsh to the water's edge,
and took samples of the fine mud within the estuary,
without getting permanently bogged down!

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Upstream, Muncaster Bridge marks the tidal limit, so more mud was taken,
and coaxed into sample jars. 
 Here's mud in your eye!
While another radiation reading  was taken

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Further upstream at Hinninghouse Bridge,
more water was collected as the freshwater control
and another reading taken, along with soil samples

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 On the way back over the Hardknock pass, we visited the Roman Fort
 
This was a grain store 
The fort also had a sauna: our group could have used it by this stage!

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 The fort has commanding views over the valley,
right down to the Ravenglass Estuary, where there was another Roman camp.