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About Dingle Marshes

Bittern peering into water from reeds

Image: Graham Catley

Dingle Marshes is a superb mixture of coastal and freshwater habitats bordered by forest and heathland.

The freshwater reedbeds are home to important numbers of breeding bitterns, marsh harriers and bearded tits, and in summer are alive with singing warblers. These are protected from the sea by a vegetated shingle bank, which is important for plants such as sea kale and yellow horned-poppy. Little terns often nest along this bank.

Between the shingle and the reeds are a series of brackish pools which attract wading birds and ducks, including avocets, redshanks, grey plovers and wigeons. In winter, flocks of twite search for seeds around these pools.

There is a small hide overlooking the reedbed, which is accessed along forest tracks within Dunwich Forest. Within the forest you may see birds such as crossbills, goldcrests and siskins, hear singing woodlarks in spring, or spot red deer, especially in autumn.

The circular walk involves more than one mile on shingle.

Access is from the Dunwich Beach car park, where there are toilets and a fish and chip shop. Food is also available at the nearby Ship Inn.

Opening times

Open at all times

Entrance charges

Free

Information for dog owners

Dogs are allowed anywhere. Please keep them under close control from March to August to avoid disturbing nesting birds.

How you can help

Coast on a stormy day with heavy rain falling on coastal headland

We're setting up an emergency fund that we can use to get our reserves back into shape and repair the damage caused. Please help us rebuild from the worst storm in 60 years.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.278925,1.633468
  • Grid reference: TM479707
  • Nearest town: Leiston, Suffolk
  • County: Suffolk
  • Country: England

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