Surface Sites - 'Q' Decoy Site

 Created 16-03-2002   Last update 23-07-2019

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   On Tuesday 9th April I had the opportunity to land on Baker's Island in Langstone Harbour. The Hampshire & Isle of Wright Wildlife trust Farlington Marshes working party where assisting the RSPB in doing some conservation work on a beach area to improve a tern nesting site. I had mentioned to a good friend of mine, Mike Dobson (who sends his regards) that I was doing this and he pointed out your website to me. So I took a decent camera with me just in case any thing of interest could be seen.
   Before looking at the photos it makes sense to look at the aerial view of Bakers Island. The Aerial view image is taken form the Ordnance Survey Mapping app, and shows a lot more detail that goggle earth.

Structure wise,

4 Brick structures about 1m high 1m wide and 4 m long arranged in a row, separated by about 8m. (The RSPB are storing some stuff in them at the moment)
2 Slabs visible out of the water on the beach (landing stage?). No evidence   of fixings to the slabs.
Pebble dash structure 2m square this is off different construction to the brick structures so may be from a different time.
Concrete slab on the ground.

   The Aerial view seems to indicate some mounds/ditch structure but I can not confirm this as forgot to make any notes on this (if Id seen the aerial view before going across I would have made a point to look out for this and would have been in a position to make a better report on this).
   The other 3 white slabs on the aerial picture where outside our permitted working area so could not be investigate.
   The weather was not the best, light drizzle with just the occasional respite so I could get the camera out. To make it easier I have resized the images so they can be e-mailed.
   The opportunities to get out to the islands occur infrequently, so it may be another 2-3 years before we go again.
   Please remember that Baker's Island is off limits at all times to people, landing is not permitted its an important nesting area for several protected species, at other times its an important.

Alan Dunk - April 2019

 
 
 
Aerial View 

Baker's Island Map - Annotated

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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