Trip reports

SIZEWELL BELTS, Suffolk, 16th MARCH 2015

SIZEWELL BELTS, Suffolk, 16th MARCH 2015
Richard Straton

Monday, 16 March 2015

In all honesty it was only the third visit for me. The car park is tucked away just off the B1122 at a place called Kenton Hills, the site although large has two main walks from the car park. You can follow the main track on the left as you leave the car park which will take you to the beach north of the power station. The route to the right after leaving the car park will lead you to a path sign posted Sizewell Belts, this is the route we took.
After following the track through the marsh we took the circular route across grassland through wooded areas and past open water. This is a very pleasant and rewarding site forming part of the Sizewell Estate and managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. It took us about 1 to 2 hours to complete the circular route. The weather was good and it had dried out a lot so was not too wet under foot.
After returning to the start of our walk, some of us decided to walk part of one of the other routes. We saw two additional species on this part which are marked with **. As well as the birds seen we also saw plenty of rabbits. Thank you to all who attended it was a most enjoyable walk.
Bill Whybrow.

The birds identified are as follows:-
dunnock (Prunella modularis), blue tit (Parus caeruleus), great tit (Parus major), carrion crow (Corvus corone corone), jackdaw (Corvus monedula), magpie (Pica pica), gadwall (Anas strepera), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), mute swan (Cygnus olor), goldcrest (Regulus regulus), woodlark (Lullula arborea) [heard], long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus), robin (Erithacus rubecula), pheasant (phasianus colchicus), red-legged partridge ** (Alectoris rufa), woodpigeon (Collinago palumbus), stock dove (Columba oenas) [possible], snipe (Gallinago gallinago), chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), greenfinch (Carduelis chloris), bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), blackbird (Turdus merula), mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus), treecreeper ** (Certhia familiaris), pied wagtail [flock of 30+] (Motacilla alba), green woodpecker (Picus viridis) [heard], great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), starling (Sturnus vulgaris)