Severn Bore World Heritage Site
Saturday, Apr 18th
The Severn Bore is arguably the greatest naturally occurring wonder in the British Isles. The estuary of the river Severn remains virtually intact from human interference. It has been at the centre of the everyday lives of those who have lived and worked along the estuary and tidal length of the river since the origins of British culture.
In the early 800s a Welsh monk called Nennius wrote the History of Britain, of which the late Dr John Morris described the historical concept as
original and startlingly modern. Nennius recorded the 13 Wonders of Britain as handed down from the culture of the native Britons. Of these 13 Wonders, which include the Bath Hot Springs and Loch Leven, Morris wrote how
the remarkable phenomenon of the Severn bore is told several times over, with variant names.
The Severn bore is embalmed in local myth and legend of the first order of signficance for Romano British history. Sabrina, the goddess of the Severn, is a centre piece of British literature in Spencer's Fairy Queen, Drayton's Polyolbion and Milton's Comus.
Crowds of people flock to the river Severn every month big bores are forecast. Spectators come from everywhere and always include a significant number of tourists from all around the World. The bore has officially been recorded upto two metres in height and unofficially over three metres. Surfers claim it can reach 10 to 12 feet in height. Former fishermen and boatmen of the river endorse the claims of surfers.
Should not the Severn Bore be protected for posterity? Is it not time the Severn Bore was placed on the UK Tentative List for World Heritage Sites? I believe it is and I believe the Nation would agree.