RSPB Dingle Marshes nature reserve
Dingle Marshes is a superb mixture of coastal and freshwater habitats bordered by forest and
The freshwater reedbeds are home to important numbers of breeding bitterns, marsh harriers
and bearded tits, and in summer are alive with singing warblers. These are protected from the
sea by a vegetated shingle bank, which is important for plants such as sea kale and yellow
horned-poppy. Little terns often nest along this bank.
Between the shingle and the reeds are a series of brackish pools which attract wading birds and ducks, including avocets, redshanks, grey plovers and wigeons. In winter, flocks of twite search for seeds around these pools.
There is a small hide overlooking the reedbed, which is accessed along forest tracks within
Dunwich Forest. Within the forest you may see birds such as crossbills, goldcrests and siskins, hear singing woodlarks in spring, or spot red deer, especially in autumn.
The circular walk involves more than one mile on shingle.
Access is from the Dunwich Beach car park, where there are toilets and a fish and chip shop.
Food is also available at the nearby Ship Inn.
Open all the time
Contactc/o RSPB Minsmere nature reserve
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VenueRSPB Dingle Marshes nature reserve
c/o RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, Westleton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3BY
Map reference: TM 463673 Lat: 52.24871 Long: 1.60685
Parking : free
Nearest station : 6 miles (9.7 kms) from Darsham station
Toilets, café & pub available in Dunwich village. Toilets, refreshments and gift shop in Walberswick village. RSPB Shop, café and toilets at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve (three miles)