Join all-round naturalist Chris Gibson for an autumnal exploration of a relatively unknown part of the southern Suffolk Sandlings, a world away from the northerly honeypots of Minsmere and Dunwich.
The year has turned full circle: the leaves tinged with autumnal fire, many bedecked with fascinating galls; hopefully, if there have been recent rains, there will be fungi galore; winter finches and thrushes will be arriving, Woodlarks could still be in song of the sun appears with Stonechats atop many a gorse bush. Late-season insects like Speckled Woods and Common Darter dragonflies should still be showing, as if taking us back to the lazy, hazy days of summer – assuming the hard frosts of midwinter have not yet exerted their grip on the landscape. Out on Shingle Street, divers and grebes may well be offshore, with Brent Geese to us for the winter, perhaps Snow Buntings on the beach, and whatever the weather, the wonderful coastal geomorphology will always be there!
These blogs detail more of the invertebrate and botanical interest one can find:
Please bring a packed lunch, drinks and suitable footwear and clothing. Binoculars, telescopes, books and other equipment can no longer be shared, so please bring any that you like to use yourself. We may be able to find a formal picnic spot in which we could all sit in a distanced way, but please be prepared to sit on the ground.
Although we will attempt to stick to the routes as advertised, unforeseen events or ground conditions may require us to amend without notice.