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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Watch marsh harriers 'sky-dancing' over the reeds
  2. Look for avocets nesting on the shore pools
  3. Listen to skylarks singing over the shingle beach

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Look for little terns fishing offshore and maybe nesting among the shingle
  2. Spot rare flowers on the shingle ridge
  3. Look for Dartford warblers, nightjars and flowering heather on the nearby Westleton Heath

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Look for migrant wading birds visiting the shore pools
  2. Listen to the bellowing calls of rutting red deer in the forest
  3. Look for thousands of starlings roosting in the reedbed at dusk

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Spot hundreds of ducks on the marshes and pools
  2. Check the tideline for washed up shells, especially after storms
  3. Wrap up warm for a bracing coastal walk with stunning views over golden reedbeds

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