Aldeburgh to Thorpeness

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The Scallop by Maggie Hambling on Aldeburgh beach

A walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness, partly along the shingle beach, where, in comparison to Orford Ness, it is obvious how disturbance to the order of the shingle permanently changes its delicate ecosystem. Plants I saw were sea spurge, sea holly, and the red shoots of sea kale emerging from the corpse of last year’s growth. I also watched stonechats on the beach; will I recognise them again?

The walk was also through North Warren nature reserve, where I had a lovely view of wigeon feeding on the grass and of pintails:

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Also of the tough Konik ponies, which, through binoculars, looked rather like the Lascaux cave paintings.

And then back to Thorpeness, which, in the sunshine, looked more than ever like Toytown:

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