Orford Ness is part of the UK's National Trust. Surrounded by water it is normally only accessible by a small ferry or by walking approximately 3 miles along the shingle shore line of Aldeburgh. Orford Ness is one of the most dynamic landforms on the UK coast line and the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe. A large proportion of the world's rare coastal vegetated shingle is found here, which together with the marshland provides important habitats for a range of bird species, mammals and invertebrates. The ness is also home to atomic bomb testing, secret military experimentation and the first use of radar between 1935 and 1953.