Trimley Marshes March 2015

Andrew Excell, the warden of the Trimley Marshes reserve kindly agreed to allow us to take two cars down to the information centre which was greatly appreciated by everyone as it saved us almost a 2 mile walk. He also arranged for us to be guided for the morning by two of his local volunteers namely David Langlois and David Marter.

We arrived at the information centre and proceeded to visit several hides in turn. The two Davids did a sterling job pointing out different birds for us and managing the time that we had available, ensuring that we finished in time to get to our lunch stop. The weather was dry and bright but quite windy and chilly and even in the hides there was not much shelter from the wind.

We saw a total of 50 species and heard 1 (Cetti’s Warbler) and this included 10 species of Duck. A pair of Marsh Harriers gave us a spectacular display of low level soaring. The highlight was seeing upwards of 20 Common Snipe in a line on a small sand spit. Their camouflage was excellent. In addition to the birds we were fortunate to see a herd of 10 Fallow Deer in the distance including a white one.

On our return to the information centre we were waited on by the two Daves as they produced tea and coffee for us. They explained how the reserve and the centre were badly flooded a year or two ago and it was evident that a terrific amount of work had been carried out to put things back as they were.

We drove back to the visitor’s carpark in the shadow of the massive cranes and container handlers of Felixstowe port. Fortunately they do not seem to frighten away the bird life. After thanking the two Daves we proceeded to the Ship Pub at Levington where we all enjoyed a good meal and a chat.

Dave Shearing