Iken Church is one of the oldest churches and has the remains of a cross, carved with curving and twisted patterns common to both the Celtic and Anglo Saxon craftsmen.
|Thank you to Suffolk Churches site, Matthew's photo was blurry.|
After we had visited the church we drove round to the other side of the estuary for a walk through the marshes and mud flats. This area of Suffolk is typical of East Anglia. A tidal estuary, bounded by reed beds and marshy fen, the mud flats are rich in foods and attract a phenomenal range of birds: egrets, dunlins, avocets, curlews, bitterns, reed warblers the list is endless. We were lucky to see egrets and dunlins feeding and two magnificent avocets flying along the shoreline.
Not only is the bird life rich, so too is the insect and others, we watched a freshwater crab bury itself into the mud and then snap at passing small fry. We lost count of the lizards basking in the sun. These were hilarious to watch. Either still as statues or skittering for the safety of the reeds.
Their colours ranged from blacks through blue flecked to brown and gold. Most were shy and ran off the minute our shadows crossed over them. One however, was quite different, flirting with the Camera and showing off her best side.
|"I'm ready for my close up Mr de Mille!"|
After all these sites, as well as a range of flowers, bees, butterflies (sadly too few, but autumn is coming early this year) we returned to the carpark. Here there is a replica of the cross that is on display in Iken church. On this sculpture we found the most magnificent moth, about the size of an adult thumb.
|They seek him there, they seek him there...|