Languard Point

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Languard Point, a set on Flickr.

Sitting cheek by jowl with the Port of Felixstowe on the Orwell Estuary is Languard Point the tip of the Languard Peninsular, forty-six hectares of land that is now primarily a wildlife habitat but one that is scattered with military gun emplacements, lookout posts, tank traps and jetties. All of this is watched over by Languard Fort, which dates back to 1540 (with numerous additions since) and whose initial responsibility was to guard the entrance to the Orwell from invasion by sea but more recently (amongst many other uses) was a launch site for Operation Outward a WWII project whose aim was to attack Germany with free-flying incendiary balloons. The sand and shingle are now home to a number of rare plants (we spotted a few miniature orchids) and the ground nesting site for many migrant birds.

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