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HAVERGATE ISLAND RSPB RESERVE & LIST

ENGLAND

SUFFOLK (Orford), (E)

National Grid 00o00´/00o00´ c.130ha 5m, eustuary with coastal wet acid grasslands, saline lagoons and bushes

Anytime (19th October 2008)

 

Birding Site Guide

Take the A1152 north out of Ipswich and then take the B1084 to Orford. At the quay, it is necessary to catch the small RSPB boat (12 people) for the 20 minute ride along the River Ore’s east channel (The Narrows) to the landing place (check times and dates with RSPB beforehand). The boat for The National Trust’s Orford Ness reserve, just across the river runs from the same place.

Upon alighting, follow the boardwalk to the visitor facilities. These are basic and include a toilet, picnic tables and a large hide with information boards. Around the island is a path which leads to 3 other hides and a viewing screen. These hides overlook various lagoons with numerous islands and channels, usually with good numbers of birds. The area is maintained for breeding waders (Avocet, Redshank, Lapwing, Ringed Plover) but terns and gulls also breed as do other water-birds. Barn Owls are resident.

Along the path are some scrubby bushes, usually of Gorse or Elderberry and these are always worth checking for migrants such as Goldcrest and Yellow-browed Warbler.

 

Species seen

 

Hares are common and tame on the island. The site is a strong hold for the Starlet Sea-AnemoneNematostella vectensis.

 

Author: BSG

 

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