Dunwich overnighter, 9 & 10 October 2021

This weekend we spent Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday morning at Dunwich.

Parking for the day on Dunwich beach carpark we did a really long walk down through Greyfriars Priory and down to Minsmere returning Westleton Walks and Dunwich Heath. Wildlife highlights included a singing Chiffchaff, 3 Dartford Warblers, 2 Stonechats, Crowned Earthstars, Amethyst Deceiver, Meadow Saffron and Lesser Calamint growing near the priory. Walking back through the village about 200 yards west of the Ship Inn a calling Yellow-browed Warbler was very welcome, and literally the only migrant of the whole walk!

At our overnight 'wild' camp in Dunwich Forest (no overnight stops allowed at Dunwich beach for no reason whatsoever) we were serenaded by Woodlark and Tawny Owl while a distant calling Dartford Warbler was out on the heath. In the morning the Woodlark was still singing and 4 Jays passed high over. 

Back at home in the early evening I went for a stroll from the house finding Cockspur (a new plant for me) plus Red Goosefoot, Hedgerow Cranesbill, 3 Brown Hares and 2 Roe Deer.   

                                                                                                                                    Crowned Earthstar
                                                                                                                                   Amethyst Deceiver
                                                                                                                                   Meadow Saffron
                                                                                                                                    Lesser Calamint

                                                                                                                                         Red Goosefoot