A Tour of the Brecks

Sunday 18 March

There are few better localities for spring birdwatching in East Anglia than the Norfolk and Suffolk brecks. Following on from the success of previous years, we’ll start with an early-morning walk along the riverbank at Santon Downham, where Marsh Tits, Nuthatches, Crossbills and Woodlarks are more than a possibility. This area is also one of East Anglia’s few remaining sites for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker that have showed well in recent years, so we’ll need to keep our eyes peeled. This is the best time of year for displaying Goshawks, so weather permitting, we shall go to a nearby secret watch-point to see if they’re around. We’ll take a picnic lunch at Lackford Lakes Reserve Centre followed by a tour of this wonderful site. In late afternoon, we’ll visit Cavenham Heath to scan for early returning spring migrants such as Stone Curlews and Wheatears.

8.30am start – Forestry Commission Car Park, Santon Downham
Leaders: Steve Howell and Andrew Green