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Parking: the lower part of Thunder Lane, by the junction with Yarmouth Road, has a 'shut, access only' half barrier for roadworks, but access for parking for the marshes is possible. The roadworks have worked their way up Thunder Lane: farther up it is closed. You can still park on Yarmouth Road or Hillside Road. Access around the marshes on foot is fine. 26 March

Thorpe St Andrew Marshes – NWT Thorpe marshes for short – is one of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserves, established in 2011. It's in the Norfolk Broads yet on the edge of Norwich in Thorpe St Andrew. It also happens to be my local patch – just down the road from home and the Honeyguide office, writes Chris Durdin.

Click on the red writing to see the 15-page, illustrated Thorpe Marshes wildlife report for 2016.

NWT Thorpe Marshes is also within the area covered by James Emerson's Whitlingham Bird Report 2016.

March: the first half of the month is still pretty wintry, with wintering ducks still using the Broad. Bird song is increasing, especially on bright days, with the prospect of the chiffchaff in the second half of the month ... and the first spring flowers, namely these below.

coltsfoot pussy willow lesser celandines
Flowers to look for in March: coltsfoot, pussy willow and lesser celandines.

Recent sightings

2017

26 March: chiffchaffs singing, green woodpecker, grey wagtail.

8 March: lesser celandines flowering.

7 March: stonechat and little egret still there; oystercatchers displaying, male shoveler. Coltfoot coming into flower - see old Coltsfoot at Thorpe Marshes blog here.

21 February: 3 little grebes, little egret, oystercatcher (2 yesterday).

17 February, guided walk: little egret, 2 stonechats, 1 male shoveler, water rail heard, 2 reed buntings singing, 150 lapwings over.

10 February: black-necked grebe, present since about 1 February.

black-necked grebe with tufted ducks
Black-necked grebe with tufted ducks, 10 Feb (Derek Longe).

24 January: 95% ice cover on the Broad, with ducks (including male pochard) concentrated in the 5%.

19 January: 90% ice cover on the Broad. A few ducks on the far side (from the viewing area) only.


Canada geese, seen on the guided walk on 16 January (Derek Longe).

16 January, guided walk:
3 shovelers, 2 little grebes, Chinese water deer, lots of gadwalls, teals and tufted ducks on the Broad. Water rail and Cetti's warblers noisy today.

Left: Chinese water deer on the broad's edge, from the viewing area (Derek Longe).


Reserve under water, 14 January. Left, from the footbridge. Right: from just over the footbridge, looking along the path towards the mooring basin.

5 January: 2 stonechats. Routine numbers of gadwall/teal/tufted ducks on the Broad. Water rail seen rather than heard, for a change.

2016


Teals and tufted ducks on the broad, 26 December.

31 December: chiffchaff!

25 December: 4 male shovelers & 52 gadwalls on the Broad; 2 stonechats.

20 December: 2 stonechats, 2 male wigeons on the Broad.

16 December: 2 stonechats, 3 pochard, 1 wigeon, c.345 black-headed gulls. Fungi on edge of wood including velvet shank and jelly ear.

14 December, guided walk: 2 stonechats, water rail, great spotted woodpecker, lots of tufted ducks & gadwalls, 2 shovelers, 2 lapwings.

12 December: 2 stonechats, 190 tufted ducks, 3 lapwings.

7 December: 1 stonechat, 92 tufted ducks, lower numbers of gadwall, mallard and teal.

2 December: female marsh harrier; 2 stonechats, 2 male shovelers on the Broad. Duck numbers seem to be building. 2-3 Chinese water deer.

29 November: 2 stonechats still there this frosty morning, today near the big bramble patch. Wildfowl etc as yesterday.

28 November: 2 stonechats are back, on marsh around flood. Seems to be lots of wrens this bright, frosty morning, and Cetti's warblers singing. Ducks as for 26th Nov; snipe, lapwing.

26 November: a handful of gadwalls, tufted duck and teals.

22 November: peregrine! Most of the duck have gone.

18 November: big arrival of ducks, 220 tufted ducks, 41 gadwalls, 6 teal, 2 pochard, 2 shovelers. Found Willow Emerald egg-laying scars on ash.

ducks on St Andrews Broad
Ducks on St Andrews Broad, the gravel pit, 18 November 2016.

11 November, guided walk: 8 snipe flying, another 7 settled; lapwing, 10 gadwalls, sparrowhawk. Dark bush cricket, Small Stag's Horn fungi, drinker moth caterpillar, various late flowers.

Small Stag's Horn (Calocera cornea) meadow pipit (Derek Longe)Dark bush cricket
Small Stag's Horn (Calocera cornea); meadow pipit (Derek Longe); dark bush cricket. More photos on Facebook here.

9 November: 4 teal. (No velvet scoter, reported yesterday at Whitlingham.)

30 October: female marsh harrier; 6 snipe; water rails calling in 3 places. [Recent reports again of stonechats and yellow-browed warbler.]

24 October, guided walk: snipe, lapwing, c.8 redwings over, 4+ meadow pipits.

Water shrew found dead - ID confirmed later after checking photo.

Water shrew (Susan Weeks). Note black-and-white appearance and white ear tuft.

water shrew (Susan Weeks)

22 October: stonechat, male, around big bramble patch. 6 Common Darters warming themselves on one fence, with more elsewhere, including in the ivy corner. Lapwing, snipe, water rail called.

Common Darter Willow Emerald on ivy
Common Darter and Willow Emerald on ivy, 20 October. 'Dragons and a damsel on ivy' photos on Facebook here.

20 October: bearded tits again, 1 seen; yellow-browed warbler, hawfinch over (MC). Willow Emerald on ivy, Common Darter (CD).

17 October: 2 bearded tits reported (MC).

11 October: snipe and redwing, signs of autumn. Water rail heard, several Cetti's warblers singing. Common Darters still egg-laying; Migrant Hawker; couldn't find a Willow Emerald.

ichneumon Amblyjoppa proteus female?
Ichneumon wasp on hogweed, 11 October: best guess is Amblyjoppa proteus female.

21 September, a.m.: Willow Emerald, Migrant and Brown Hawkers, Common Darters. Green woodpecker, little egret, 1 lapwing, water rail heard, Cetti's warbler and chiffchaff singing. p.m. 31 Willow Emeralds counted (DL).

13 September: 2 Willow Emeralds from railway bridge. 2 common sandpipers by St Andrews Broad.

8 September: c.20 Willow Emeralds (DL).

7 September: 6 x Willow Emeralds - without checking Bungalow Lane area. Nodding bur marigold (see right) very obvious, especially around flood area. 4 linnets over, 2 tufted ducks. Several Common Blue Damselflies looked like they'd recently emerged. Brown and Migrant Hawkers.

30 August: common sandpiper, lapwing, Willow Emeralds again.

26 August: minimum of 6, probably 8 Willow Emerald Damselflies at eastern end of the reserve. Also count of 12 today - DL. Ditch running parallel to Bungalow Lane seems to be the best place to see them.

23 August: 4 male Ruddy Darters holding territory, many Brown Hawkers and c.20 Migrant Hawkers, 2 tatty-looking Black-tailed Skimmers, Common Blue Damselfly. Common blue butterfly and other regular species. 2 little egrets in flight; c.21 lapwings on the west beach, a group (probably a family) of tufted ducks with them. Also 4 x Willow Emerald Damselflies (SW) at eastern end of the reserve.

5 August: Common and Ruddy Darters; 2-3 Norfolk Hawkers, perhaps the season's last; Brown Hawker now the commonest dragonfly. Reed warbler feeding two large youngsters. Failed to find yesterday's either of Thursday's Red-eyed Damsel species. Arrowhead in flower. Chinese water deer.

4 August, guided walk: Lots of wonderful high summer flowers. Spear-leaved orache noted.

Rutpela maculata
Angelica with Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle Rutpela maculata (formerly Strangalia maculata)

Red-eyed Damselfly Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Big news was after most the group had left: Small Red-eyed Damselfly (right), the 20th odonata species (dragonflies and damselflies) for the reserve. It's a species rapidly colonising the UK following its first appearance in 1999. Interestingly this male was in a ditch, characteristically on surface vegetation, namely some blanket weed, close to a male (Large) Red-eyed Damselfly (left), that was perched on a stick. Both photos were digiscoped.

3 August, evening walk with Norwich Bat Group: little egret. Five bat species: Daubenton's seen welll over the river and a clear sound record of Nathusius's pipistrelle. Noctules seen, soprano pipistrelles seen and heard well, less distinct sound record of common pipistrelle.

Beautiful China-mark (Derek Longe)

31 July: Beautiful China-mark moth; Emerald Damselfly; painted lady (DL).

Beautiful China-mark moth Nymphula nitidulata (Derek Longe). The third China-mark species of micro-moth seen here, after Brown and Small. Larval foodplants bur-reed, yellow water lily and others.

23 July, on the flood: 1 snipe, 1 water rail (did they breed? Yes, as young were seen in the last week on July). Emperor dragonfly.

18 July: small copper, 3 big juvenile gadwalls, kingfisher, Brown Hawker, a late Large Red Damselfly. Gatekeeper, Ruddy Darter (SW).

Black-tailed skimmer
Black-tailed Skimmers on show today, and still lots of Norfolk Hawkers.

15 July: 31 Norfolk Hawkers, Four-spotted Chaser, Brown Hawker, Common Darter (last two first of the summer). Commas looking to egg lay on nettles by riverside path. Little Egret and at least 10 lapwings (DL).

14 July: little egret, male Broad-boded Chaser, Chinese water deer. Buttonweed confirmed by the flood.

8 July, guided walk: grasshopper warbler, tufted duck with ducklings, Norfolk hawkers and more.

7 July, guided walk with CIEEM: two startling invertebrates, below. Also grasshopper warbler singing.

Crab spider Misumena vatia mullein moth caterpillar
Crab spider Misumena vatia on a marsh ragwort; mullein moth caterpillar, but don't be fooled by the dock, it's actually on a figwort stem, one of its food plants.

4 July: ringlets, 38 Norfolk hawkers, black-tailed skimmers (SW).

2 July, with Society for the History of Natural History: large skipper, comma, grasshopper warbler singing.

30 June: meadow brown, mute swan with 5 cygnets, one a white 'Polish' type, tufted duck female with c.7 small ducklings, grasshopper warbler singing.

Count of 22 male Oedemera nobilis, the Thick-Legged Flower Beetle - right, on valerian.

Oedemera nobilis

28 June: count of 40 Norfolk Hawkers (DL).

clouded birder

20 June, evening, guided walk: kingfisher, clouded border moth, some evening dragonflies, good view of sedge warbler and reed bunting.

Clouded border (Derek Longe)

16 June: Broad-bodied Chaser male, 32 Norfolk Hawkers (DL/SW).

14 June, RSPB Norwich local group: hobby, male marsh harrier, common tern, willow warbler (and other warblers) singing.

12 June: 3 early marsh orchids found.

7 June: 2 x Norfolk Hawkers (SW)

6 June: four-spotted chaser, painted lady, diamond-backed moth - there seems to be a mini-invasion of these (DL/MC)

30 May: 2 common terns, c.30 house martins, 16 Canada geese. Ragged robin in flower.

Red-eyed Damselfly, immature, on telescope 23 May 2016
Red-eyed Damselfly, immature, on telescope 23 May 2016 ... see Trapped!

23 May, guided walk: 5 species of damselfly, including Large Red-eyed. Hairy Dragonflies mating. Lots of singing warblers. Harlequin ladybirds and many larvae.

22 May: 2 hobbies, male marsh harrier and egg-laying Hairy Dragonfly.

17/18 May: gadwall with chicks, peregrine (RC). 17/19 May: 4 x species of damselflies (DL, SW)

10 May: cuckoo, heard from home, dawn.

5 May: lesser whitethroat, reed warbler. Orange-tips, green-veined white. Large Red Damselfly (DL). Garden warbler (MC). 6 gadwalls: will last winter's management encourage them to nest?

24 April, evening: c.70 hirundines (c.60 swallows, 10 sand martins) over Broad. 2 green sandpipers, common sandpiper. "Possible but frustratingly distant pale phase booted eagle" I wrote ... but later shown to be buzzard.

Pale buzzard, photo by Drew Lyness

21 April: 7 warbler species, including grasshopper warbler. Common sandpiper.

19 April: first whitethroat, 1 grasshopper warbler (08:30), lots of sedge warblers, willow warbler and more.

18 April, dusk: 3 grasshopper warblers singing, 1 of which just off reserve to E. 46 tufted ducks. 3 noctules over river, 3 over west marsh. Several snipe (c.6).

13 April: 3 little ringed plovers, 3 green sandpipers, oystercatcher, 3 lapwings. Sedge warbler and blackcap singing; 8 lesser black-backed gulls. First lady's smock flower.

10 April: loud water rail and pair of gadwalls on extended flood: late winter birds or staying this year? Time will tell. 22 hirundines (c. 8 house martins, c.14 swallows), also sand martin. 51 tufted ducks still, 2 oystercatchers, 1 lapwing, great crested grebes displaying on Broad.

5 April: garden bumblebee, hairy-footed flower bee and smooth newts (JE).

4/5 April: sedge warbler, willow warbler, house & sand martins, swallows (RC).

30 March, guided walk: chiffchaffs, lapwing, gadwall, teal, tufted ducks. Flea beetles, small tortoiseshell, 7-spot ladybird. Marsh marigolds, coltsfoot, alexanders.

27 March: common scoter! Also 2 oystercatchers, weasel.

Right: common scoter on St Andrews Broad, with black-headed gull.

25 March: chiffchaffs and reed buntings singing. Lapwing and 4 oystercatchers. Two kingfishers flying around. 28 tufted ducks, just 2 teal. Coltsfoot still looks good.

common scoter

11 March: 60 tufted ducks, male shoveler, siskin over. Coltsfoot by the river looks great.

coltsfoot

24 February: 2 oystercatchers - a sign of spring?

great spotted woodpeckers

19 February, guided walk: 2 male shovelers, Chinese water deer, scarlet elf cup & yellow brain fungi.

Left: 2 male great spotted woodpeckers tussling (Derek Longe).

Cormorant confirmed as sinensis subspecies - below, with gadwalls.

12 February: lots of bird song first thing, reed bunting on territory. Low numbers of ducks. Scarlet elf cup by path from Bungalow Lane.

11 February: 58 lapwings (SW). Pintail x domestic mallard at River Green - see News, right.

3 February: firecrest reported near the river: wonderful picture on Twitter.

scarlet elf cup fungi

25 January: probable brimstone on Yarmouth Road, little egret, 10 cormorants, 8 lapwings.

Influx of ducks from Whitlingham CP: 218 tufted ducks (minimum), 51 pochards, 44 gadwalls, 1 shoveler, 1 goldeneye, 47 teal. Also Aythya hybrid (pochard x ferruginous duck) on the broad (MC) - reference photo on Yare Valley Wildlife website here.

21 January: 5 woodcocks at dusk, barn owl disturbed a jack snipe (MC).

18 January, guided walk: at least 2 Chinese water deer, 2 buzzards.

buzzard Chinese water deer
Buzzard, guided walk group, Chinese water deer (photos, 18 Jan, Derek Longe).

13 January: weasel on Bungalow Lane. 33 pochards (again!).

8 January, dusk: night heron heard (MC).
8 January: 133 tufted ducks, 33 pochards. Marsh marigold in flower (right)!

4 & 6 January: barn owl at dusk (MC).

Sightings from 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 here.

Wildlife habitats

The three key habitats at Thorpe St Andrew Marshes are the ditches, gravel pit and grazing marshes - see below.

Other habitats, which are all part of the rich mix, include:

  • rough marsh of willowherb and nettles, attracting many sedge warblers
  • sallow (pussy willow) scrub, good for Cetti's warbler
  • the adjacent tidal River Yare
  • adjacent wet woodland
  • areas of reed, including a reed rond on the river, attracting reed warblers.

Ditches

Many ditches – also called dykes in Norfolk – have abundant water soldier and frogbit, both aquatic plants. These are indicators of good water quality.

In the Broads, the occurrence of the Norfolk hawker dragonfly, which is the symbol of the Broads Authority, is strongly linked to water soldier. The best place to see these is over the ditches close to the cattle corral.

Water rails and water voles use the ditches, though both are difficult to see.

water soldier watermint frogbit
Ditches rich in water soldier (left), water mint (centre) and frogbit (right)
.

Gravel pit

Gravel extraction – as at Whitlingham Country Park across the river – has led to the creation of a lake, which has filled naturally with river water. Some may call this a ‘broad’: the true broads are man-made, too, though from flooded peat diggings, and typically are much shallower.

gulls over the gravel pit
Gulls over the gravel pit, December 2011

The gravel pit here attracts wintering ducks, especially tufted ducks (picture below), pochards and gadwalls, moving between here and the Country Park. Unusual ducks call in at times, including smew, goldeneye, red-crested pochard and ferruginous duck over the 2011/12 winter.

Gravel beaches attract ‘loafing’ ducks and wading birds, which include little ringed plovers in spring/summer. Stock doves often feed on plant seeds on the gravel.

Grazing marshes

Livestock are essential to manage the open grazing marshes habitat.

cattle at Thorpe Marshes

Without them, thick grasses and sedges would soon dominate, and would in time be taken over by scrub.

More heavily grazed and trampled areas have a distinct structure of lumps and hollows that attract feeding snipe, and have flowers such as marsh marigold and lady’s smock.

the flood

The flood: the grazing marshes include a 'flood', periodically under water, then drying out, here with a greylag goose and mallards in March 2012. The bright green shoots are emerging yellow flag iris plants.

More Honeyguide nature notes

This is an unofficial web page supporting the reserve, to show pictures, promote events and report recent wildlife sightings.

For the official NWT web page, click here or on the logo. Also, the NWT blog has reports from Thorpe Marshes (scroll down for a list and links).

For official information or policy, please contact the NWT directly.

There is no parking in the private road of Whitlingham Lane. If coming to Thorpe Marshes by car, please park on Yarmouth Road (see note above about Thunder Lane being shut from mid-February).

Wednesday 29 March 10am

Walk meeting point: by the bridge in Whitlingham Lane (not Bungalow Lane - the NWT wildlife events leaflet is wrong).

Look out for

velvet shank

Velvet shank: one of a range of fungi on the woodland edge, seen on the guided walk on 17 Feb.

stonechat (Ricky Cleverley)

Stonechat (Ricky Cleverley), being seen fairly regularly.

water rail

Water rail: often vocal, always tricky to see.

News and features

new bench

New bench (December 2016) at the viewing area over St Andrews Broad, in memory of the two young people who lost their lives in the broad in summer 2015.

koniks

This sign was displayed during September. It reads:

"Please be aware that, after a calf was killed in a dog attack on this site recently, all cattle have been removed.

They have been replaced by Konik ponies. Do not approach the ponies and keep your dogs on a lead or under very close control."

NWT seeks pond-dipping volunteer: the Trust wants to use the education area at Thorpe Marshes for families and for schools, youth groups and higher education students. Some can be done by NWT's seasonal education officers, but for the pond-dipping platform to be used more often - perhaps once a month from Easter - a volunteer is sought.

Good communication skills needed. Training will be given. More information from Annabel Hill at NWT.

Changes at Thorpe Marshes, May 2016: new fences and gates are installed, plus a pond-dipping platform for education work. The shingle spit is now fenced off, on the advice of the Health & Safety Executive and police following drownings in summer 2015.

Drake domestic mallard x pintail at River Green, Thorpe St Andrew: photos here.

pintail x domestic mallard

Gallery of photos of dragonflies and damselflies of NWT Thorpe Marshes on Facebook here. Updated, 30 September 2015.

Management work this autumn: expect to see reserve management underway, including marshes cut, ditches managed and excavation. Subject to ground conditions, naturally. More information here.

Drownings at NWT Thorpe Marshes: two teenagers drowned in St Andrews Broad on 12 August 2015. More, including comment from NWT and emergency services, in the EDP here. Inquest verdict of accidental death, October 2016, more here.

Goosander at River Green: the group on 3 August was tipped off (thank you, Drew) about an immature male goosander with the semi-domestic ducks and the swans (see pic) at River Green. Its tameness and origins are a mystery.

goosander

Fenced area on shingle spit: this is because there is a patch of the invasive alien Crassula helmsii (New Zealand pigmyweed or Australian swampcress) that could spread if trampled, and the fence is pending safe removal of the plants. (June)

Nightingale: hear and see the bird near the reserve on YouTube here (Ricky Cleverly, 23 May).

Mediterranean gull, 1st winter

Mediterranean gull photos from suburban Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, January 2015, here on Facebook. Seen with group, 19 Jan. Last seen 10 February, not there in second half of February.

Norfolk Hawker movie, an egg-laying female at NWT Thorpe Marshes, on YouTube here.

Events

Monthly walks led by Chris Durdin

2017
Wednesday 29 March 10am
Friday 28 April 10am
Friday 26 May 10am
Thursday 22 June 7pm
Wednesday 19 July 7pm
Friday 4 August 10am
Friday 15 September 10am
Monday 16 October 10am
Tuesday 14 November 10am
Wednesday 13 December 10am

All walks are free of charge and last about 2 hours at a slow pace. They start from the pedestrian railway bridge at the end of Whitlingham Lane.

Simply turn up and enjoy. Remember to bring binoculars and a camera if you have them.

Boots are recommended as paths can be wet in places, though path improvements last winter mean wellies are not needed.

Talks: we can offer a talk about NWT Thorpe St Andrew Marshes. Please contact Chris.

Watching a goldeneye: some of the group on December 2015's guided walk (Derek Longe).

flea beetles

Flea beetles Altica sp (Derek Longe), 30 March 2016

Blogs

By Chris Durdin about Thorpe Marshes on the NWT blog.

The times they are a-changin’ (February 2017)

Gathering gadwall (January 2017).

Cranes and Hickling Broad' - by Chris Durdin, but not Thorpe Marshes (November 2016).

Ovington Ramblers visit Thorpe Marshes (November 2016) [not by CD.]

Pretty damsels (September 2016).

Trapped! (May 2016).

Pop goes the weasel (February 2016).

Winter access to Thorpe Marshes (December 2015).

Willow Emeralds return to Thorpe Marshes (October 2015).

In for the count (September 2015), on Norfolk hawker and orange-tip surveys.

Coltsfoot at Thorpe Marshes (March 2015).

A Gem of an Emerald (September 2014).

Bartsia, mint and combing bee (August 2014).

Damsel delights (July 2014).

November flowers (November 2013).

Half moon highlight (October 2013).

Purple haze (August 2013).

Tree bumblebees at Thorpe Marshes (July 2013).

February at Thorpe Marshes (February 2013).

January at Thorpe Marshes (January 2013).

bee orchid

Also NWT blogs by Chris Durdin:

Cranes and Hickling Broad, November 2016.

Big Yellow bee orchids are back, June 2016.

The Meadow in the City, June 2015

Wildlife reports & guide

2016

Click on the red writing to see the illustrated Thorpe Marshes wildlife report for 2016.

James Emerson's Whitlingham Bird Report 2016.

2015

Thorpe Marshes wildlife report for 2015.

James Emerson's Whitlingham Bird Report 2015.

2014

Thorpe Marshes wildlife report for 2014.

James Emerson's Whitlingham Bird Report 2014.

2013

Thorpe Marshes wildlife report for 2013.

James Emerson's Whitlingham Bird Report 2013.

2012

Thorpe Marshes wildlife report for 2012.

James Emerson's Whitlingham Bird Report 2012.

Reports are in PDF format.

Guide: click here to see NWT Thorpe Marshes map and guide.

comma on ivy

November butterfly: comma on ivy (1 November 2015).

Local accommodation

Coming from some distance and visiting NWT Thorpe Marshes? Options for accommodation include:

Kingfisher bungalow, self-catering chalet adjacent to the marshes.

Old Rectory hotel and restaurant

Oaklands Hotel, Yarmouth Road

Other links

More wildlife records from the Yare Valley on Yare Valley Wildlife.

Birds and beer blogspot from James, with sighting from Thorpe Marshes and other local spots.

The Norfolk Cranes' Story - a plug for the book for which I am co-author.

small tortoiseshell on watermint

Small tortoiseshell on watermint

nodding bur marigold

Nodding bur marigold, photographed 7 September

Broad-bodied Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser, male, 16 June 2016 (Derek Longe). Also seen 29 June (JM), 14 July (CD) and 18 July (SW) and later dates.

Only occasional at Thorpe Marshes, additional to the regular 18 species of dragonflies and damselflies. It looks like the new ponds and dug out ditches have attracted this as a regular visitor ... but will it breed? Please keep an eye out, especially for a female.

skullcap

Skullcap, so named as the flowers resemble “miniature medieval helmets”, but that takes some imagination to see.

Ichneumon wasp - Amblyteles armatorius

Ichneumon wasp Amblyteles armatorius 30 June 2016

reed

Reed, in the foreground, and trees near the railway line.

path and meadowrue

The permissive path that runs parallel to the railway line, with meadow-rue.

Photos on this page taken by Chris Durdin at Thorpe St Andrew Marshes, unless otherwise noted.

Thorpe Marshes archive material here.

blushing bracket fungus

Blushing bracket fungus, 11 December 2015

Azure Damselflies

Azure Damselflies egg-laying, 6 July 2015

chiffchaff

Above: chiffchaff (Derek Longe)

yellow brain fungus

Yellow brain fungus, on ash, 19 February 2016

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