Dunwich Forest and Westwood Marshes, 1 April 2024

An Easter Monday April Fools Day on the Suffolk coast.

Parking in Dunwich Forest we did a long walk through the frest to Dingle Hill and on over Westwood Marshes to Westwood Lodge and back via Newdelight Walks. Belinda was disappointed that most of the Wild Daffodils at Dingle Stone House were over but I was please with a few insects using the newly emerged Alexanders for nectar. I found Noon Fly, Face Fly and Phaonia valida all in the same clump in the forest and the lovely White-striped Darwin Wasp along the lane near Westwood Lodge.

Birdwise the walk had it's moments too with 2 singing Firecrests, Woodlark, Bearded Tits, Red Kite, Marsh Harriers and the now plentiful Blackcaps

After the walk Belinda wanted to look for snakes on Westleton Common and after a shrt search I managed to find her an Adder and a Slow Worm. She's started to call me the snake charmer!

                                                                                                                                   Noon Fly
                                                                                                                                         Face Fly
                                                                                                                                    Phaonia valida
                                                                                                                      White-striped Darwin Wasp
                                                                                                                                   Slow Worm
                                                                                                                                          Wild Daffodil


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