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Aldeburgh is a popular coastal town because of its local character and beautiful scenery. Landscape Lens hopes to record the changing structure of the shingle beach over the next 5 years, which is accelerating due to storm intensification caused by climate change.
What am I looking at?
The vegetated shingle you can see here is a rare and fragile habitat that supports salt-loving plants such as yellow-horned poppy, sea pea and sea kale.
This area has also been part of swift conservation efforts. 80 boxes have been installed around the town to provide nesting sites for birds returning from their 7,500-mile spring migration from Africa, which they make without landing!
Looking out to sea, both grey and common seals have been sighted during winter months and are known to rest on the shore further down the coast towards Orford.
These plants and animals are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Disturbance such as approaching seals, trampling, BBQs and dog mess can threaten these species, so please act responsibly.
Aldeburgh was once a larger town than it is today. Records show that between the 16th and 18th century, many buildings that supported fishing and boat-building industries were destroyed in violent storms that battered the east coast.
From this point you can see Martello Tower – a defensive outpost built between 1808 – 1812 to resist Napoleonic invasion. The unique quatrefoil structure was built with nearly a million bricks to house four heavy guns and is the largest of 103 similar towers built in England during this period.
Walks and more
This location is part of a longer 10.5km walking route. For more information about the route, natural surroundings and nearby attractions, read our Aldeburgh and Thorpeness Walk Guide.