Birding Site: Haddiscoe Marshes


An extensive area of marsh and grazing meadow in the south east of the county


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From the main road bridge over the new cut between the rivers Yare and Waveney you get a fantastic view over the marshes around here, you can literally see for miles over Hdiscoe, Thorpe, Fritton & Chedgrave Marshes.


While the view from the bridge is good it is very noisy. For a closer more pleasant experience the northern edge of Waveney forest can be better, head through St. Olaves until you come to a pub on your left. Take the left turn up this ‘new road’ until you come to a car park on your left, various paths lead through the forest to the edge of the marshes. Alternatively a walk along the various footpaths out onto the marshes north of the bridge can be pleasant.


Some years Rough Legged Buzzard spend the winter here, in early 2010 up to 3 birds were present. More usually the marshes hold Short Eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Merlin and Peregrine. Also present Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and Cetti’s Warbler.


Target Species

Hen Harrier, Short Eared Owl, Marsh Harrier, Merlin & possibly Rough Legged Buzzard in winter