Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Knettleshall Heath

Today together with one of my hosts Patrick Barker and friend David Tomlinson I visited Knettleshall Heath the latest acquisition of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.  It is a well known site having been managed for years as a country park by the Suffolk County Council.  The site came up for sale and SWT acted quickly to secure it for the County.

Knettleshall Heath

There is a large amount of heathland and mixed woodland and borders the Little Ouse river. SWT have immediately introduced a herd of Dartmoor ponies and another of the threatened Exmoor ponies to help with the management.  You can see that there is much to do to improve this marvellous place for wildlife and people.

Exmoor pony
  During our walk watched in awe at a large flock of Swifts and House Martins hurrying north and listened to Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler and Blackcap.  We discovered a pair of Stonechats with the female carrying food a sure sign of nesting and watched a Buzzard and Sparrowhawk soar overhead.

Male Stonechat

On the way back David took us to a field where we were able to watch a Stone Curlew perhaps my favourite Suffolk bird.

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