Cley Marshes is a nature reserve on the North Sea coast of England just
outside the village of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk. A reserve since 1926,
it is the oldest of the reserves belonging to the Norfolk Wildlife
Trust. Cley Marshes protects an area of reed beds, freshwater marsh,
pools and wet meadows, and has been designated as a Site of Special
Scientific Interest due to the large flocks of birds it attracts. The
reserve is important for some scarce breeding species, such as pied
avocets on the islands, and western marsh harriers, Eurasian bitterns
and bearded reedlings in the reeds, and is a major migration stopoff and
wintering site. There are also several nationally or locally scarce
invertebrates and plants specialised for this coastal habitat. The
reserve has an environmentally friendly visitor centre and five bird
hides, and attracts large numbers of visitors, contributing
significantly to the economy of Cley village. Despite centuries of
embanking to reclaim land and protect the village, the marshes have been
flooded many times; the southward march of the coastal shingle bank and
encroachment by the sea make it inevitable that the reserve will
eventually be lost.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cley_Marshes>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Led by King Charles X Gustav, the armies of Sweden and
Brandenburg defeated the forces of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Off the coast of Crescent City, California, US, the steamship
Brother Jonathan, carrying a large shipment of gold coins that would not
be retrieved until 1996, struck an uncharted rock and sank, killing 225
Japan's Emperor Meiji died and was succeeded by his son
Yoshihito, who is now known as the Emperor Taishō.
American labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa mysteriously
disappeared after last being seen outside a restaurant near Detroit.
Lebanon War: The Israeli Air Force attacked a three-story
building near the South Lebanese village of Qana, killing at least 28
civilians, including 16 children.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Someone who studies bats (the flying mammal).
Wikiquote quote of the day:
You were playing in the snow You were banging on the doors You
climbed up on the roof Roof of the world … We found your footprints in
the snow We brushed them all away… You're the wild man.