SUFFOLK (Aldeburgh), (W)

National Grid 00o00´/00o00´ N/A ha 10m, coastal wet acid grasslands, reedbeds and woodland

Anytime (several visits September & October 2008)


Birding Site Guide

To reach North Warren, take the A12 north out of Ipswich and then take the B1094 before Saxmundham east towards Aldeburgh. The Warren is accessible from the B1122 via a small car park between the houses opposite The Pines (there is a small RSPB sign on the post). Alternatively there are several access points along the coast road from Aldeburgh north to Thorpeness. It can also be accessed via a track on the north side just before Aldringham, which leads past the sewage works – though there is no parking space beyond the sewage works. At the end of this track, the Public Right of Way continues and on the right is a large reedbed where Bitterns and Marsh Harriers breed. Across the road from this entrance is a Byway (PRoW) that leads to Aldringham Walks which is also a heath and wet grassland area.

The area is maintained for breeding waders (Redshank and Lapwing) but is increasingly important for wintering geese (White-fronted Geese) and other water-birds. Recently Great Egret has been a frequent visitor and the ponds are always worth a look, being coastal anything, not just wetland species may drop in!

The shingle across the road has some interesting plants such as Sea Pea Lathyrus japonicus, Yellow-horned Poppy Glaucium flavum and there is also a curious cultivated apple tree which has been buried by the shifting gravel and now only has its uppermost branches protruding from the gravel; though it is still growing vigorously!


Author: BSG