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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

An internationally important nature reserve, with a fascinating 20th-century military history.

Take a short boat trip to this wild and remote shingle spit, the largest in Europe. Follow trails through a stunning landscape and a history that will both delight and intrigue. Discover an internationally important nature reserve littered with debris and unusual, often forbidding, buildings from a sometimes disturbing past. Orford Ness is the best-preserved vegetated shingle site in the UK and holds 15% of the coastal vegetated shingle globally. Changing weather patterns have resulted in the marshes drying out and rectifying this is a main aim of the project. 

The National Trust works to preserve and protect the coastline, countryside and buildings of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For ever, for everyone. LINK.

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Havergate Island Nature Reserve

This small island in the River Ore is famous for its breeding avocets and terns, which can usually be seen during spring and summer. In autumn and winter, the island provides a haven for large numbers of ducks and wading birds. Havergate is also a great place to see brown hares at close range. Rising sea levels threatens the reserve and we have secured Havergate Island for now by upgrading the river wall, the LIFE project has improved water circulation through the site to maintain water quality.

The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us keep it that way. LINK.

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Havergate's rare and interesting spriders
Lyndsey, site warden for Havergate Island takes up spider hunting..