We decided to explore a section of the sea-wall at Hollesley Marshes, a small section of the Suffolk coast that was new to us. It was a very blustery afternoon, but dry and not very cold. To our surprise we found a good range of lepidoptera, a dragonfly and quite a few blue damselflies (which I have yet to check).
- Speckled Wood (above)
- Painted Lady
- Red Admiral
- Large Skipper (our first of the season)
- Green Hairstreak
- Small Tortoiseshell
- Green-veined White
- Speckled Wood
- (A rather tatty) Yellow Shell
- Hairy Dragonfly
The area contains an inland RSPB reserve and also the coastal and estuarine reserve of Simpson's Saltings, run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The next two photos show a couple of meres in the RSPB part of the site.
The photo below shows a larger wetland area on the landward side of the sea-wall. We saw a range of waterbirds here; Shoveler, Shelduck, Avocet, Mute Swan, Redshank, Lapwing and more.
I was very taken with this secluded bay in the Simpson's Saltings area. The wide estuary beyond is part of the river; the shore is reserved for wildlife so we admired it from the bank.
|Shoveler on one of the landward meres|
The next photo shows David on the sea-wall. The strong wind was responsible for all those white horses beyond.
|Red Admiral (and below)|
|The red arrow shows the saltings on the Alde-Ore estuary site|
|A very tattered Yellow Shell moth|
|Large Skipper butterfly|
|You can see the hairy thorax below the eyes|
|wildflowers; the poppies were stunning|
|A drift of Thrift|
|A wasp, as yet unidentified, probably collecting slivers of wood|
|Damselfly season kicking off apace!|