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Suffolk Wildlife Trust (Southwold)

PUBLISHED: 14:35 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:58 06 July 2010

For the annual indoor meeting held in St Edmunds Hall, Rob Macklin came to speak on the subject of A Naturalist's Year. As a former warden of the RSPB's reserve at North Warren, near Adleburgh, and now area manager for Suffolk, he was well qualified to deal with the subject and he followed through the year with pictures of coastal and heathland birds, as well as a good selection of other animals and plants.

For the annual indoor meeting held in St Edmunds Hall, Rob Macklin came to speak on the subject of A Naturalist's Year. As a former warden of the RSPB's reserve at North Warren, near Adleburgh, and now area manager for Suffolk, he was well qualified to deal with the subject and he followed through the year with pictures of coastal and heathland birds, as well as a good selection of other animals and plants. He ended with his thoughts on the effects of climate change. Since some far northern birds, like the snow bunting, are now coming less frequently to the Suffolk coast due to the milder winters, he predicted which south European birds are likely to begin to breed in the UK. He suggested even bee eaters and hoopoe were possible in the long term.

A few days earlier, Graham Peck led over 20 members on a short evening walk on the denes at Southwold to look at the minute wild flowers in the short turf. These were unfortunately in short supply due to recent very dry conditions, although there were masses of early forget-me-not. The sea pea, however, was fully in flower on the dunes, as was the sea sandwort, and the four feet high dittander, a relative of garden cress, was spreading up Ferry Road from the harbour.

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