Redgrave and Lopham Fen, 22 April 2023

A long walk around the western 3/4 of the reserve to the source of the River Waveney and back in a loop. The section through the woods is closed but we didn't let that stop us!

The highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler but we also had a male Marsh Harrier, 2 Pochard, Little Grebe, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Blackcaps and several Cetti's Warblers.

Of botanical interest was a curious white form (alba?) of Marsh Lousewort amongst plants of the usual colour plus plenty of Field Woodrush. While enjoying a coffee from the weekend coffee guy by the carpark I had my first Orange Tip and Green-veined White of the year.

A call-in at New Buckenham Common later on was disappointing with just a handful of Green-winged Orchids seen, all still in bud except the sad specimen below. I will give it a couple of weeks before I look at Winks Meadow! Sticky Mouse-ear was also seen there.

                                                                                                                           Marsh Lousewort
                                                                                                                              Field Woodrush
                                                                                               Konik Ponies used for conservation grazing
                                                                                                                            Green-winged Orchid
                                                                                                                           Sticky Mouse-ear

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