The estuary is an important home for a vast array of wildlife.
Species include Grey Seal, & Lamprey a primitive type of fish.
Many other fish such as Flounder move up & down the estuary
feeding. It also acts as nurseries for many North Sea fish including
one third of the estuary is exposed as mudflats & sandflats
at low tide. Mudflats attract invertebrates such as borrow-dwelling
worms & bivalves.These support the many varieties of fish
and winter feeding wading birds from Britain & Europe.
Sunset over the River From Barton
In addition to being home to many species of wildlife it is home
to a number of marinas & small boat clubs and is used for
a variety of social & recreational purposes.
As the Humber is the "natural route to Europe", it is
a very important commercial river. The ports handle over 60 million
tonnes of Cargo. The main industries are fresh & frozen food,
steel manufacture, chemicals, transport & distribution, agriculture,
oil & gas terminals.
Twinned with : Kreis
Drains : Approximately 20% of England.
Area :145 square miles in total.
Width : approximately 4 miles at its entrance
opening to 6 miles wide just past Spurn Point. Narrowing to 1.5miles
some 30 miles upriver.
An Act of parliament was passed in 1959 to build the bridge between
Barton-upon-Humber on the South
Bank (Lincolnshire) & Hessle on the North Bank (Yorkshire).
In 1969 the decision was made to build the bridge which was started
in July 1972 & took until June 1981 to complete. Once completed
the the Humber Bridge was the longest single span bridge in the
World & remained so for some 17 years.
over the Humber Bridge
Official Opening : 17/07/1981
Overall Span: 2220
North Span: 280
m Above Deck
Width: 28.5 m Deck
Materials Used Include:
27500 Tonnes of Steel & 480000 Tonnes of Concrete
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