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North Cove

North Cove is a patchwork of wetland habitats, including grazing marsh, wet woodland and pools.

Good for birds like warbler, siskin, redpoll and all three types of woodpecker

North Cove is a quiet relaxing place with a patchwork of wetland habitats including grazing marsh, wet woodland and pools, all lying in the valley of the River Waveney. Characteristic marshland plants like ragged-robin and yellow rattle (so named because the dried seeds rattle in their pods) have become established along with nationally scarce marsh fern which is thriving here. Bog pimpernel occurs in the meadow and opposite-leaved golden saxifrage can be found near the old decoy pond.The reserve is also a great site for fen meadow plants.

The mature woodland is good for birds like warbler, siskin, redpoll and all three types of woodpecker. Woodcock nest and feed in the scrub and young carr and sparrow-hawk can often be seen hunting, their swift swooping flight low to the ground.

Pools and dykes attract many kinds of dragonfly including the Norfolk hawker. Smooth newt and the ten-spined stickleback also occur. In summer grass snake and common lizard soak up the sun in warm sheltered areas.To maintain this wonderful array of wildlife, cattle are used to graze the meadows, encroaching scrub is kept at bay, the old decoy pond is regularly cleared and the summerhouse ride mown. North Cove is privately owned and is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Beccles Bird Society.


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Castle Marshes
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Carlton & Oulton Marshes
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Gunton Meadow
5 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Wade Hall Lane, Barnby.Between Beccles and Lowestoft
NR34 7QQ
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GPS Info
From A146 take Marsh Lane, then take first left in to Marsh Lane. At junction bear right towards Barnby on Wadehall lane for about 1.5km. Park between road and railway. Cross railway line to reach reserve entrance.

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Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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15.50 hectares

Walking information
Soft and wet ground
At start of footpath to River Waveney
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Cattle graze areas
Reserve manager
Matt Gooch
Tel: 01502 564250