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LOCAL SITE INFORMATION

An alphabetical listing of some of the sites mentioned on our web pages.

Eventually we plan to allocate a page to each site, or two or three closely related sites together on a page. Each will include a map showing where the sites are. Those sites which already have a dedicated page to themselves are hyper text linked.

An Ordnance Survey Grid Reference has been given for those sites without a dedicated page.



Arnold's Walk Building work continues to encroach into Arnold's Walk

Arnold's Walk - TM552944 - Small wooded slope with scrub at the base, immediately south of  Sparrows Nest Park. Good for migrants, especially around the spring which flows through it.

Barnards Meadow - TM534933 - Playing field situated between Lowestoft Cemetery and Leathes Ham. Good for Wheatears, Oenanthe oenanthe, Whinchats, Saxicola rubetra, and Wagtails, Motacilla sp. etc., birds flushed from the Cemetery often head for here. Ring Ouzel, Turdus torquatus, is fairly regular. Wryneck Jynx torquilla, has occured.

Belle Vue Park - TM550945 - Small ornamental park, mainly wooded. Adjacent to Sparrow's Nest, and separated by a road. Excellent for Warblers in general, and one of  the best places in town for finding a Yellow-browed, Phylloscopus inornatus, or Pallas's Warblers,  P. proregulus. The evergreen trees and shrubs seem to act like a magnet for Firecrests, Regulus ignicapillus.

Carlton Marshes - TM508921 - A Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve on the south shore of Oulton Broad. Comprises reedbed and  grazing marshes. Specialities include Cetti's Warblers, Cettia cetti, and is an excellent site for dragonflies, such as the Norfolk Hawker, Aeshna isoceles, and Scarce Chaser, Libellula fulva, among others. Recent rarities have included Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus, and Woodchat Shrike, Lanius senator.

Burnt Hill Lane gull roost field, Carlton Colville
The view across the gull roost field at Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville.

Corton

The Denes Oval Recreation Ground
Looking across the North Denes Campsite towards the Denes Oval Recreation Ground.

Denes Oval - TM552948 - An enclosed Recreation ground, with cricket pitch and tennis courts. A very good site for migrants, Ring Ouzels are regular, as are Blue-headed, M flava, and White Wagtails, M. alba.
Flycatcher Lane - The footpath running north-south on the landward side of the Denes Oval at the base of Gunton Cliff was known amongst local birdwatchers as Flycatcher Lane, unfortunatley nowadays it is known to everyone locally as Dogshit Lane. If you visit you will soon see why!
The trees here are very dense, and as a result it can be extremely difficult to get good views of many of the warblers that turn up here.

Gunton Denes/Warren - TM549956 - An area of sanddunes, and scrub to the north of Warrenhouse Wood. Excellent for migrants, and probably the best site for Wryneck Jynx torquilla in town, but unfortunately heavily used for exercising dogs, so disturbance can be a problem. Red-backed Shrikes Lanius collurio are fairly regular migrants here as well. Other good birds in the past have been Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps and Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi.

Hopton

Kessingland

Kirkley Cemetery
- TM538913

Kirkley Fen Park - TM537921 - Small lake with islands, and surrounding lawns. Though shortly to have the South Lowestoft Relief Road run through it!.

Kirkley Ham - TM539922 - Rough ground with cycle path running through it. Though shortly to have the South Lowestoft Relief Road run through it!.

Lake Lothing - TM532929 - Central man made inlet of the sea running East/West through the centre of the town. Not the most productive stretch of water around, but has attracted Great Northern Diver, Gavia immer, and Black-throated Diver, G. arctica,  at least twice each. Home, during the summer months, to a small colony of roof nesting Common Terns, Sterna hirundo, believed to be the only such colony in the UK. Formerly they nested on the south side at Brooke Business Park, but due to the ever expanding population of Herring, Larus argentatus, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, L. fuscus, there, the terns have now moved onto a smaller roof on the north side near the yacht moorings.

Leathes Ham - Currently largely inaccessible due to prolonged flooding, the outflow pipe into Lake Lothing is well and truly blocked. But still a considerable improvement on its former status as a heavily disturbed, rat infested duck feeding pond!

Lowestoft Cemetery - TM539936 - Excellent migrant trap sandwiched among housing estates, but is quite disturbed so early morning visits are recommended, especially when looking for Ring Ouzels in the Rowan trees in Autumn. Yellow-browed and Pallas's Warbler are quite regular, as are Firecrests, Ring Ouzels and Pied Flycatchers, Ficedula hypoleuca. Wryneck and Barred Warbler, Sylvia nisoria, have occured.
The disused Lowestoft - Great Yarmouth railway line, now converted to a cycle and footpath, runs along the western edge of the Cemetery, and is similarly very good for migrants.

Lowestoft North Denes Richard's Pipit
Richard's Pipit, Anthus richardi, Lowestoft North Denes,
17th September 2000
View across Lowestoft North Denes towards Arnolds Walk, Sparrows Nest Park and Belle Vue Park.

Lowestoft Denes - TM553943 - Rough grassland and fishing net drying posts. Good for migrant Northern Wheatears, Whinchats  and Black Redstarts, Phoenicurus ochruros. Static caravan park to the north.

Ness Point - TM556937 - The most easterly point in the United Kingdom, 52 29N 01 45E to the nearest minute. Despite being the most easterly point in the British Isles, seawatching here is not as good as it could be, most birds seem to pass beyond the offshore sandbanks and then come back closer to the shore at Corton to the north and Pakefield to the south. Purple Sandpipers, Calidris maritima, are a speciality here in winter. On still days Porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, can often be seen close inshore.

Lowestoft Denes Camp Site
Looking north over the North Denes Camp Site with Warrenhouse Wood in the centre just beyond the Links Road car park.

North Denes Camp Site - TM552950 - Area of grassland north of the Denes Oval for touring caravans and tents. Too disturbed in the summer months, but the steep tree, scrub and bracken covered slope to the west especially can be excellent for migrants. e.g. Marsh Warbler, Acrocephalus palustris, Woodchat Shrike, Lanius senator, have occured.

Oulton Broad The view westwards across Oulton Broad.

South Pier - TM550926 - Forms the south wall of Lowestoft harbour. The beach to the south is the best site for Sanderling, Calidris alba, in Suffolk. Common, Phoca vitulina, and Grey Seals, Halichoerus grypus, are fairly regular visitors to the harbour itself.
Also provides the best vantage point to view the purpose built Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla nesting wall, designed by the late Brian Brown, located on the opposite side of the Harbour mouth. During the winter Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, Purple Sandpipers, Calidris maritima, and Sanderlings regularly roost on the rock groyne extending south from the pier. They also sometimes roost on the roof of the amusement arcade, which unfortunately cannot be viewed from anywhere.

Lowestoft Harbour mouth
View across Lowestoft harbour, with the South Pier to the right, and the Kittiwake Wall to the left.

Sparrow's Nest Park - TM552945 - Small ornamental park, with bandstand, ponds, bowling greens and lawns. Situated below the Lighthouse. Best birds Red-eyd Vireo, Vireo olivaceus, Collared Flycatcher, F. albicollis, and Raddes Warbler, P. schwarzi.

Warrenhouse Wood - TM549954 - The UK's most easterly wood, it comprises part of the Gunton Warren Nature Reserve. Located just to the north of the North Denes Camp Site. There is a convenient free car park at the bottom of Links Road off Corton Road. On the opposite side of the road you will see the wood running down to the dunes.
The wood itself is small and rather dense. An under watched migrant trap, the private garden behind and adjacent to it has a spring running through it, and is worth a look through the fence for drinking and bathing migrants. Best bird, so far, Red-eyed Vireo, the first for Suffolk [there have been three others in the County since then, including a second in Lowestoft]; but has also had Pallas's, Yellow-browed  and Icterine Warblers, Hippolais icterina, and Red-breasted Flycatcher, F. parva.
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria, butterflies are becoming increasingly common all around Lowestoft, and can usually be found here quite easily.
 
Warrenhouse Wood
As you can see this wood is extremely dense in places !
Speckled Wood Butterfly
Speckled Wood

This butterfly is becoming increasingly common around Lowestoft, Warrenhouse Wood and Corton disused railway line being two of the easiest to get to.
 


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