Trip reports

Oulton Marshes & Fisher Row

Oulton Marshes & Fisher Row

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

A good number, around twenty, members gathered at St Michael's Church,
Oulton on 6 April for a walk around Oulton Marshes. Although cool the
weather remained fine as we set off. Looking across the field opposite the
church the first birds seen were a pair of green woodpeckers which made a
good start to the day.

Down the hill leading to the marshes blackcaps were seen and heard and at the bottom as we turned left along Fisher Row four redwings (probably ready to migrate east that night) were observed. Cetti's warblers are now becoming quite common and many were heard, as well as lots of newly arrived chiffchaffs.
We proceeded down to Oulton Dyke, which joins Oulton Broad to the River Waveney and then we turned right along the newly built river wall which is slightly inland and higher than the original one to prevent flooding of the marshes. Suffolk Wildlife Trust, who own most of the area now have
worked with the Broads Authority to improve the marshes, building new lagoons, re-profiling the dyke edges to attract more waders and transferring dredged mud to the area which will be converted to reedbed eventually. After less than a year this has paid off, with little egrets, redshanks, green sandpipers and water pipits having been seen recently - and although none of these were observed on this occasion it bodes well for the future, with a hide shortly to be erected.

Our walk continued round the wall, spotting a lovely marsh harrier on the opposite side of the river, until we completed our circular trip by crossing back over the railway line.

David Jeffries