Saturday 27th July – RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Co-ordinator –  Sue Gale

This all day visit to the Brecks will start at NWT Weeting Heath at 8.30 am, where we hope to see Stone Curlew together with, maybe Woodlark and Spotted Flycatcher. We will then move on to Lakenheath Fen, where the RSPB has recreated an inland wetland site of extensive reed beds alongside the river and a substantial wash pool. Here we should see plenty of marsh harriers and hobbies, and may catch sight of the resident common cranes or bitterns. This reserve was famous for its nesting golden orioles, so we will be looking hopefully at the poplar plantations if we hear that they have returned.

Most of the walking will be on surfaced tracks, but the circuit at Lakenheath is about 3 miles and the return along the riverbank can be uneven. There are facilities at both visitor centres, but it’s a long way back at Lakenheath, so carry what you need! Remember your RSPB and NWT membership cards – there is a parking charge for non members at Lakenheath.
Anyone wanting a later start could join us at Lakenheath after 9.30. Please let Sue know if you plan to do this. Time can’t be guaranteed so please keep in touch by mobile phone on the day.

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