Start your New Year in the fresh air with Lackford Lakes’ birds

Egrets are increasingly being seen at Lackford Lakes '131212M-A323 ENGPNL00120131012125742

Egrets are increasingly being seen at Lackford Lakes '131212M-A323 ENGPNL00120131012125742

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To blow away the New Year celebration cobwebs, pop along to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes over the next few days.

Today, their resident bird expert Paul Holness will be taking two guided walks out at 10.30am and 1.30pm for £3 per person, highlighting the wildfowl that winter at the reserve, from the dainty teal to the majestic goldeneye.

Then on Saturday and Sunday January late afternoons you can see the spectacular sight of thousands of birds coming into the reserve at dusk to roost. Trust staff and volunteers will be on hand to help identify the birds and point out the best vantage points.

Expert guides will be out in the reserve and the hides and they willhave walkie-talkies to feed back to the visitor centre what to see and where.

The reserve sees gulls arrive each evening in their thousands, mostly black headed and lesser black backed, but often with rarities such as the Iceland gull and yellow-legged gull mixed among them.

Other species include fish-eating goosander ducks, reed buntings and little egrets and numbers are growing each day.

In previous years many thousands of starlings have roosted in the reedbeds in front of the visitor center. Mild weather has meant so far the number of starlings are low, but they are building and updates will be posted on the Lackford Facebook page.