Southwold Boating Lake is a good place to sit and watch the world go by and also a good spot to observe the local wildlife. Marsh Harriers and Kestrels hunt over the nearby Creek. The boating lake is frequented by swans, ducks, jackdaws, crows, gulls, geese and pied wagtails. As an added attraction, there are a couple of long horned sheep currently (March 2014) grazing the perimeter of the lake. During the summer months it is fascinating to watch the model yachts and more high-tec craft that are sailed on the lake. Some of the seats around the lake are in poor condition and sometimes covered in bird poo, There is one new covered seat facing the lake that offers shelter from the rain. The Tea Rooms adjacent to the lake are at present being renovated and re-painted. At the right time of year, orchids can be observed in the grass fringing the boating lake. During July and August one can watch large numbers of swallows, martens and swifts swooping above the surface of the lake in search of insects.
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