Twitchers flock to birdwatching goldmine

BIRD watchers flocked to the internationally-renowned Trimley Marshes nature reserve for its annual open day.The 200-acre wetland reserve offered people the chance to find out about bird-watching from expert ornithologists.

BIRD watchers flocked to the internationally-renowned Trimley Marshes nature reserve for its annual open day.

The 200-acre wetland reserve offered people the chance to find out about bird-watching from expert ornithologists.

"It went absolutely fantastically well," said warden and field officer Mick Wright.

"We've had tremendous support from the public and everyone has really enjoyed themselves. We've had packed mini-buses going out to see the birds and weather was great too."


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Avocets, lapwings, redshanks, shovellers, gadwalls and cuckoos were all in the area for the birdwatchers to enjoy.

Local author and birding expert Steve Pietrowski was at the open day to sign copies of his latest book, The New Avifauna of Suffolk.

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The reserve on the banks of the River Orwell, which attracts 10,000 visitors a year, is a haven for more than 200 species of birds, breeding and overwintering.

It is currently home to record numbers of breeding avocets – one of the best-known symbols of Suffolk.

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