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The River Deben is a river in Suffolk rising in Debenham -to be precise it has two main sources but the others are mostly fields runoff (excess water), then passing through Woodbridge, turning into a tidal estuary before entering the North Sea at Felixstowe Ferry. The mouth of the estuary is crossed by a ferry connecting Felixstowe and Bawdsey.
A tide mill at Woodbridge used to run off the tide from the river Deben.
The Deben Estuary is a Special Protection Area and Ramsar Site and within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its significance arises from its over-wintering population of avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta). The estuary features shifting sandbanks. Plant life is dominated by the Common Reed (Phragmites australis). The salt marsh and intertidal mud-flats that occupy the most the area have the widest range of salt marsh flora in Suffolk.
There are several yacht and dinghy clubs on the river Deben. These include the Deben Rowing Club, Deben Yacht Club, the Waldringfield Sailing Club, Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club and the Woodbridge Cruising Club.
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