At Lakenheath Fen, the RSPB has converted an area of arable farmland into a large wetland, consisting mainly of reedbeds and grazing marshes. The new reedbeds have attracted hundreds of pairs of reed warblers and sedge warblers, as well as bearded tits and marsh harriers.Bitterns have been seen increasingly in all seasons of the year and Cranes also nest on the reserve. In early summer, dozens of hobbies catch insects high over the marshes. The Golden Orioles that bred in the remnant poplar woods on the reserve for many years were not sighted last year but there are abundant blackcaps, garden warblers, cuckoos and woodpeckers. Barn owls and kingfishers are regularly seen.
Location: Lakenheath RSPB Reserve
Meeting Place: Meet at the Visitor Centre 9 am. The reserve covers a large area so need to be prepared for walking and carrying lunch. Visitor centre has hot drinks and good toilet facilities.
Address: Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk, Postcode: IP27 9AD
From Lakenheath village, travel north on B1112 for about 2 miles (3.2 km). Go over the level crossing and after 200 m, turn left into reserve entrance.
From Hockwold village, travel south on B1112 for nearly 1 mile (1.6 km), go over the river bridge and after 200 m, turn right into reserve entrance.
Cost:.Non-members: £4 per motor vehicle. RSPB Members can park for free, please display your membership card on your dashboard on arrival.
Main subjects of interest: Marsh Harriers, Hobby, Bittern, Kingfisher, Bearded Tits, Warblers, Dragonflies, fenland landscape and marshland plants.
Items to bring: Stout shoes, waterproofs, drink and packed lunch (limited refreshments at the site). Sun protection if dry as very exposed area.
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Image: Hobby by Ann Miles FRPS
Image: Brown Argus - Ann Miles FRPS