Elinor and I took this walk nearly ten months ago, a week after the walk I featured in my last post. I hadn’t been at all well after my second Covid vaccine which I had had a couple of days after the previous walk so my only stipulation for this walk was that it be short.
Hen Reedbeds was opened in 1999 and is looked after by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust in conjunction with the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) and Natural England. It shows what can be done with land affected by coastal erosion and rising sea level. It has a mixture of freshwater wetland habitats – reedbeds, dykes, pools and fenland and is home to many wading birds and raptors. It was developed specifically to encourage the breeding of Eurasian bitterns. Unfortunately, Elinor and I didn’t see many birds at all on our short walk which was only part-way along the Eastern trail.
There is a car-park just off the road which bisects the reserve but it is easily missed. Luckily we had no trouble finding it because, despite never having visited this reserve before, we drive along the road quite often and even drove past the entrance to the carpark on our way to Reydon Wood the previous week. There is a short walk from the carpark through trees, scrub and then reedbed to the road which separates the east and west areas of the reserve.
Taking our lives into our hands, we dashed across the road and entered the reserve. The road does get quite busy at times as it is the main road into Southwold and Reydon from the A12.
Unfortunately, the blue skies disappeared and we had quite a chilly walk.
I looked towards the farm and noticed that they had brought a horse out.
This was an interesting place and now that spring is on it’s way and the hides will probably be open again I might consider a re-visit in the near future.