area includes the Town Marshes bordered by the Common, the River
Blyth and Buss Creek. It is important for wintering geese,
duck and waders, with Bewick's swans
often arriving in very cold weather. Many common birds use the intersecting
dykes, such as heron and moorhen,
since water levels are kept high. However, the water tends to be
slightly saline, which reduces the range of wild flowers to be found.
The inflated pink seed pods of strawberry clover
are easily visible in the summer in short grass by the footpath
across the marsh from the Common to the Harbour Inn.