Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Lakenheath Fen

Grey Wagtails

Marsh Harrier

Grass Snake swimming across pond. At first I thought this was some sort of rodent due to the the large 'V' shaped trail it was creating. Then I saw the yellow and black head emerge from the water with it's tongue sticking out!

Damselfly

Emperor Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Gatekeeper Butterfly

Whitethroats

Long Horned Beetle

Common Darter

Cinnabar Caterpillar feasting on Ragwort

Eddie and me enjoying the Suffolk sunshine



It was my first visit down to Lakenheath Fen in Suffolk. I was catching up with fellow nature and Nightwish lover Eddie Mallet who lives in nearby Brandon.

LF is a large wetland consisting mainly of reedbeds. There is also a Poplar Wood where there is a small colony of Golden Orioles which we were lucky enough to hear but not see.
The reedbeds are well established now and therefore the breeding birds have increased dramatically. There are hundreds of pairs of Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Reed Buntings, Marsh Harriers and Hobbies. There are also Bearded Tits since 2004 after a l00year absence in Suffolk.
Bitterns are present al year round and can be heard making their distinctive booming noise in early Spring.
The grazing Marsh provides food for Cranes, Redshanks, Lapwings and Snipe.

We had a nice wander all around the Fen with highlights being hearing the Golden Orioles which are very secretive, spotting the Marsh Harriers and a host of interesting insects.

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