Saturday, 17 May 2008

Constable country

A friend of mine is leading a trip for the Bristol Ornithological Club to Suffolk next month so she asked if I would come with her to spend a couple of days doing a recce of the area.

We set off at 4am so that we would miss most of the rush hour traffic around London and got to Suffolk just before 9am. This gave us the rest of the day to suss out various birding sites. The day was lovely and sunny but there was a brisk north easterly wind that kept the temperatures well pegged back!
One of the most important sites that we visited was Minsmere RSPB reserve. This is one of the oldest and most well known reserves in Britain see . We spent some time here enjoying a wonderful wader fest with plenty of Terns and Marsh Harriers to add to the mix.
At the end of the day we made our way to our accommodation at Flatford Mill, a field studies centre owned by the National Trust. This is where John Constable did alot of his most famous paintings. We were extremely lucky to be able to stay in an old Tudor Hall, built around 650 years ago. The place was simply stunning as you can see from the following photos.
The next day it was supposed to be raining all day, but again we were lucky in that it didn't rain at all. We were able to visit several more sites which all looked very promising for birding in a months time. Thanks Jane for inviting me to join you on this wonderful trip!

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