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Levington Lagoon

This brackish lagoon by the River Orwell was formed as a result of a breach in the sea wall during the notorious 1953 floods, which affected much of the east coast of England.

Simply one of the best places for estuarine birds on the Orwell.

This brackish lagoon by the River Orwell was formed as a result of a breach in the sea wall during the notorious 1953 floods, which affected much of the east coast of England. This sensitive site is a magnet for breeding, wintering and passage estuarine birds of which there are exceptional numbers and variety.

For this reason Levington Lagoon makes a fantastic bird-watching site throughout the year. Seasonal specialities include greenshank, spotted redshank, dunlin, short-eared owl and flocks of pipit. You may also be lucky enough to spot kingfisher which seem to be something of a ‘regular’ here.

Saltmarsh plants include lilac drifts of sea lavender (which unlike its inland cousin has no scent) and sea purslane.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust looks after this site by controlling water levels via a system of sluices to encourage wading birds.

Levington Lagoon is cared for by Suffolk Wildlife Trust on behalf of Suffolk Yacht Harbour Ltd.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland
Species
Greenshank, Redshank, Dunlin, Short-eared Owl

Nearby nature reserves

Trimley Marshes
2 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Newbourne Springs
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Copperas Wood Nature Reserve
5 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Bottom of Strattonhall Drift, off Church Lane, Levington
Felixstowe
Suffolk
IP10 0LH
Map reference
TM238389

GPS Info
Heading east from Levington village along Church lane and Strattonhall drift look out for hard standing on southern side of road just beyond national speed limit signs.

Great for...
birdwatching
getting away from it all
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
5.00 hectares
Status
Natura 2000
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

Grass track on river wall to reserve viewpoint is part of local public footpath route. Generally quite level, but can be slippery after rain. Small car park close to site entrance.
Walking information
Can be wet & muddy
Parking
Off Strattonhall Drift road at head of Levington Creek by footpath. Car park will be closed mid August 2013 until mid September.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Andrew Excell
Tel: 01394 411019
aexcellswt@btinternet.com

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