Habitat

The morning sunlight glimmers over the salt-marsh at Orford Ness © Joe Cornish

The morning sunlight glimmers over the salt-marsh at Orford Ness

Rich and varied

There are a number of rich and varied habitats on the Ness, including saltmarsh, mud-flat, brackish lagoons and the internationally rare and protected vegetated shingle. The visitor trails on the Ness will allow you to see all of these habitats, although coastal brackish lagoons are best viewed from the Green Route (open seasonally).

 

  • Grazing marsh

    One of the two principal habitats on the Ness, the other being coastal shingle. The Red Route will take you through the 'fresh water' airfield marshes, and the Green Route round the brackish King's Marsh.

  • The brackish laqoons of Kings Marsh

    The brackish lagoons of Kings Marsh play a key role in the ecological significance of the site; the fluctuating salinity levels enables the area to support significant plants and animals.

  • Coastal vegetated shingle and heath

     Coastal vegetated shingle and shingle heaths are extremely unstable and fragile environments.Orford Ness is the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe, and therefore is a very important habitat nationally and globally.

  • Reed Marshes

    Reed marshes are a rare habitat in the UK and many species of conservation concern depend fully or partly on these reed-beds. The EU LIFE-Nature project has helped Orford Ness to extend and improve the reed marshes present.

  • Stony Ditch - salt-marsh and mud-flats

    Stony Ditch is the tidal creek on Orford Ness which contains salt-marsh and mud-flat habitats. The mud-flats provides food with each tide for the many waders and wildfowl.

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