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Bridges and butterflies in Pipers Vale, Ipswich

Ipswich is blessed with a number of park areas, including the great Christchurch Park. The Park we visited today is called Piper`s Vale, and is one we had not explored before. To quote Wikipedia - "Pipers Vale is a 19.7 hectare Local Nature Reserve on the southern outskirts of Ipswich in Suffolk It is owned and managed by Ipswich Borough Council. This site on the bank of the River Orwell is part of Orwell Country Park. Its diverse habitats include heath, reedbeds, scrub and alder carr. Over 100 bird species have been recorded, including Redwings, Whimbrels and Bullfinches" We went with the hope of photographing butterflies, and we were not disappointed. However, the major object that catches the eye is the magnificent Orwell Bridge, spanning the Orwell River. The Orwell Bridge was opened to road traffic in 1982 and carries the A14 (then A45) over the River Orwell just south of Ipswich in Suffolk, England. The main span is 190 metres which, at the time of its construction, wa