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Breckland (Norfolk / Suffolk)
Cavenham Heath NNR Cavenham Heath NNR
Cavenham Heath NNR lies on the south side of the River Lark, near Mildenhall.Much of the site is typical Breck heathland with dry, acidic sandy soil supporting heather and bracken with patches of sand sedge. However, the river is responsible for a number of damper habitats on the site making the NNR one of the more diverse examples of Breck heath.
There are about 40 ha of dry birch woodland on the reserve, with occasional oak and Scots pine and underlying bramble. On the lower-lying land near the River Lark there is a variety of wetland habitats: open damp meadows, alder/ash/willow scrub woodland, and damp birch woodland rich in invertebrates.
A variety of birds can be seen on the reserve, including woodcock, nightjar, little owl, green woodpecker, tree pipit and wheatear. The hobby can often be seen hunting over the heath in summer, and wetland birds alongside the River Lark include little grebe, gadwall, tufted duck, kingfisher, grey wagtail, reed and sedge warblers.
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Weeting Heath NWT

Weeting Heath NWT

A remnant of Breck heath with woodlark and the extraordinary stone curlew.Open daily early April to end of September 7am to dusk. Visitor Centre daily 10am to 5pm end March to end June (reduced hours July and August - call 01842 827615 for details). At certain times the centre maybe closed briefly if the staff are called onto the nature reserve.Click here for the NWT website

Above right; Stone Curlew ( Burhinus oedicnemus ). Weeting heath is one of the best places in Breckland to see this strange bird, where several pairs breed.Other specialities are also present including woodlark and try Fordham ,Norfolk (see that section) approximately 10 miles north-west for Golden Oriole.

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Where to watch Birds in East Anglia
East Anglia is one of the best birding regions in England. With its extensive areas of nationally scarce habitat such as the fens, reedbeds, undisturbed beaches and Breckland heath, it can be the only place to see several of England's most exciting birds. This is a guide to where to go in East Anglia to see many different species. It contains site accounts, plans, maps, lists of birds in the region and advice on planning birdwatching trips. This fourth edition is revised and updated.
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