Drive to the end of Walnut Tree Lane and park carefully.  Cross the railway line, it is usually worthwhile to turn right and walk to a vantage point where you can overlook the lake. Great crested and little grebes breed here and in winter there may be wildfowl of interest.

In Spring kingfishers, bitterns, Cetti’s warblers, reed warbler and sedge warblers are possibilities. Keep your eye on the sky for osprey, marsh harriers, hobby, and red kite. You should hear the ‘pinging’ of bearded reedlings.

Returning towards the crossing take the path to the right which leads towards the river Stour. Check the woodland and scrub for blackcap and garden warblers. Also, check the dykes, you may spot a red-necked terrapin!  Here you will also find green-eyed (Norfolk) hawkers, four-spotted chasers, or blue (scarce) chaser; all of which breed here alongside the commoner dragonflies.

Winter wildfowl may be accompanied by the rarer grebes or an occasional diver or sawbill.


Best time to visit:
April to early August for the blue chaser and breeding bird species.


Postcode: CT2 0HG

Latitude / Longitude: 51.306009040536, 1.1490515079956

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