Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A bit of geography.

From time to time messages appear on the pager services referring to birds on Chedgrave marshes, Haddiscoe Island and Haddiscoe marshes. Simple you think. Go to Haddiscoe for the last two and the village of Chedgrave near Loddon for the first. Wrong I'm afraid. The first two are the same place (and are not next to Haddiscoe), the last one isn't (and is). Let me explain. Haddiscoe marshes are next to Haddiscoe and lie either side of the A143 Beccles to Yarmouth road. Haddiscoe Island is a vast triangular grazing marsh bordered by the Rivers Yare and Waveney, and the New Cut, with St Olaves, Reedham and Berney at the corners. It is made up of Chedgrave marshes (nowhere near Chedgrave) and Langley marshes (nowhere near Langley) and also has an old windmill called Toft Monks windmill (nowhere near Toft Monks). There are also some marshes called Langley marshes near Langley itself. You can view most of Haddiscoe marshes and a small part of Haddiscoe Island from the Haddiscoe New Cut bridge which is next door to St Olaves and easily reached by train stopping at Haddiscoe station (which is at St Olaves too). Although when you think you're looking at Haddiscoe marshes you are probably looking at Thorpe marshes (which are at least next to Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe), but which musn't be confused with Thorpe marshes in Norwich.
There we are, simple isn't it! :)

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