Southwold's grazing marshes

This area includes the Town Marshes bordered by the Common, the River Blyth and Buss Creek. It is important for wintering geese, duck and waders, with Bewick's swans often arriving in very cold weather. Many common birds use the intersecting dykes, such as heron and moorhen, since water levels are kept high. However, the water tends to be slightly saline, which reduces the range of wild flowers to be found. The inflated pink seed pods of strawberry clover are easily visible in the summer in short grass by the footpath across the marsh from the Common to the Harbour Inn.


Southwold Town Marshes, looking north.

Grey Heron

Strawberry clover - flowers and fruit

Wintering geese and swans

Canada geese