Wild Weather Course
Gain a greater understanding of our wonderful British weather with Mark Lewis
With the Trust’s stunning Carlton Marshes reserve as your backdrop, you will spend a fascinating day uncovering the secrets of our otherwise unpredictable weather.
Experienced local tutor, Mark Lewis, will guide you through the dynamics of weather conditions: the causes and effects, and what to expect when you plan your expeditions. By studying cloud formations, wind directions and other conditions, you will gain a greater understanding of what is happening to our ever-changing weather. You will explore macro climate issues, Suffolk- and habitat-specific weather patterns, and the impacts on wildlife, which will give you a greater understanding and ability to predict what the weather will do next, and why.
A wildlife oasis on the edge of Lowestoft
With flower-studded marshes, pools teeming with water life and the shimmer of dragonflies during summer, Carlton Marshes is the Suffolk Broads at their best.
For sheer excitement and awe, birds of prey are hard to beat and marsh harrier, barn owl and hobby are all at home in the skies above Carlton Marshes.
But the underwater world of the dykes is where the real drama is played out, by plants like the insectivorous bladderwort, which traps and digests water fleas in bladder-like sacs under water. Scan the dyke edges too, for a glimpse of Britain’s biggest spider, the fen raft spider which was released here in 2012 to bolster the precariously low UK population.
In early summer there is a fabulous display of southern marsh orchid, marsh marigold and ragged-robin, together with the scarcer bogbean, bog pimpernel and marsh cinquefoill.
The marshes are also ideal for wintering wildfowl and breeding waders with large numbers of wigeon, teal and snipe.