Category Archives: Suffolk

Aldeburgh to Thorpeness

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 … Continue reading

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Orford Ness

I can’t recall ever having been so cold for so many hours. It brought to mind snowball fights as a child wearing only knitted gloves. Even on a fine day, Orford Ness wouldn’t be pretty, for all its ecological value … Continue reading

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Minsmere

What can I remember about the dynamic ecology of Minsmere? The build-up of a shingle beach: the smallest pebbles at the top (where they are thrown up by the sea) and the biggest nearest the sea. The importance of marram … Continue reading

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Dunwich Heath

Lots of gorse (two types – one pricklier than the other) and heather, and I saw a stonechat (a bird which I will possibly not recognise again). Dunwich cliffs are slowly being eaten by the sea.

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Thorpeness

Thorpeness is rather odd – a model holiday village started in 1910 by a wealthy barrister called Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie (a veritable pile-up of Scottish signifiers). It’s very pleasant in a mock-Tudor way and reminds me of Port Sunlight or Snouk van … Continue reading

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Staverton Thicks

There was a walk through Staverton Thicks this afternoon – a very old wood once used for pollarding and as a deer park. The thickest part of it is no longer regenerating, so it is full of old oak and … Continue reading

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Havergate Island

It was a very foggy morning inland, but the air was clearer and brighter at Orford.  A short boat trip along the River Ore to the RSPB reserve on Havergate Island, which is mostly lagoons and fragile salt marsh surrounded … Continue reading

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