Loompit Lake

  Situated next to the River Orwell, by Levington Marina, Loompit Lake is an angling lake partly bounded by woodland. A public footpath skirts along the edge of the lake by the river, that carries on further down the Orwell to Trimley Marshes. The site is well known as an important breeding site for Cormorant…

West Stow Country Park

  West Stow Country Park is found to the north-west of Bury St. Edmunds and is a mixture of heathland, woodland, conifer plantations along with the River Lark running through the site and old gravel pits. The site is well known as having a re-constructed Anglo-Saxon village with a museum and visitor centre including a…

Cavenham Heath

  Cavenham Heath is part of the Brecks, of which a lot of the area would have been like in years gone by. Much of that habitat has now been lost so Cavenham is a remnant of that particular habitat of heathland and acid grassland. It is an important site and is designated a National…

Livermere Lake

  Livermere Lake is made up of two sections of water, Broad Water and Ampton Water. The site is privately owned (with wildfowl shooting during some winter months except Sunday) but there is a public footpath that goes through the area. Scrub, some woodland, bramble and farmland surround it with reed and and willow along…

Mayday Farm

  Mayday Farm is located in Thetford Forest between Elveden and Brandon where there a number of tracks and trails along the Forestry Commission managed forest. Predominately conifer plantation with ancient pines, some broad-leaf areas and patches of rotational clear-fell areas. Choosing a clear-fell area as a viewing point will provide a good chance of…

Southwold Shelter

Southwold shelter has, in recent years, become the prime location for sea watching in Suffolk, often the best place to see shearwaters, skuas and petrels. Although Suffolk has nearly 50 miles of coast, being on the east side of the country by the shallower North Sea, there are a lot less sea birds, mostly on…

Micklemere SWT

Micklemere SWT reserve is found in West Suffolk and is an area of wetland and grazing marsh that is situated close to Pakenham and Ixworth with the River Blackbourne nearby. The Suffolk Wildlife Trust own and manage the site and is has been an important inland wetland for waders and wildfowl and there is a…

Wherstead Strand, River Orwell

  The River Orwell is an important area for waders and wildfowl in the winter and the stretch of river by the Orwell Bridge known as Wherstead Strand is an area where species can be seen reasonably close. There are a couple of parking areas along the adjacent road to the river which offers viewing…

Boyton Marsh RSPB

  Boyton Marsh RSPB is an area of grazing marsh and pools, with winter flooding. It lies adjacent to Butley River which is tidal and has a saltmarsh edge. Along the dykes and pools are patches or reed and sedge with patches of hedgerow, scrub and bramble. The damp grazing marshes and pools are important…

Lackford Lakes SWT

  Lackford Lakes was created from former gravel pits by the River Lark at Lackford TL800706. The reserve was originally 11 hectares when Bernard Tickner donated the land in 1976 and in 200 a further 90 hectares was donated by RMC. It is a combination of wetland and meadows,  reservoir, scrub, reed bed, streams and wet meadows. The site is managed by the Suffolk…

Hen Reedbeds SWT

  Hen Reedbeds is a Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) reserve found in east Suffolk close to Reydon and Southwold. It is an area with reedbeds, wetland and dykes situated next to the Blyth estuary and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is an important site for birds such as Bittern, Bearded Tit and Marsh Harrier and also hosts interesting  dragonflies such as…

Minsmere RSPB

  Minsmere has been a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) nature reserve since 1947 with the return of the avocet as a breeding bird to the UK. It is regarded as one of the premier nature reserves in the UK due to the variety of habitats and the number of species that breed on the site,…

Havergate Island RSPB

  Havergate Island is a reserve of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) on the Suffolk coast close to Orford and is part of an Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB). When avocets returned to breed there at nearby Minsmere in 1947 bought the island the following year to manage as a nature reserve. Being Suffolk’s…

North Warren RSPB

  The reserve at North Warren is one of a number of RSPB reserves along the Suffolk coast. Situated between the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness at TM467576, it is an extensive area of grazing marsh, reedbed, heathland and woodland home to many species of birds. The site is free to visit and open at…

East Lane, Bawdsey

  East Lane is found on the Suffolk coast in the village of Bawdsey with parking at TM357400. It is accessed off the B1083 with a turning opposite Bawdsey church. To the south is Bawdsey Manor and cliffs and to the north Shingle Street, which can accessed by a public footpath. The habitat consists of farmland,…