Hazel Barn Bed and Breakfast, Lodge Lane, Bressingham Diss, IP22 2BE
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SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST
Suffolk Wildlife Trust began in 1961 with a group of naturalists concerned about the future of Redgrave & Lopham Fen. Since then the Trust has gone from strength to strength and today is the county’s leading conservation organisation.
The trust care for 52 nature reserves all of which are free to enter. The trust has more than 26,000 members and over 1,000 volunteers with four education centres working with children and families through out Suffolk.
Fully accessible education centre with disabled toilet. Picnic area and designated parking. Wheelchair may be pushed in dry conditions over grass path to boardwalk with fen viewing platform (250m from centre). The longer Spider Trail can be used by a powered wheelchair in summer. The site is 163 hectares in size.
REDGRAVE AND LOPHAM FEN
The fen is the largest remaining river valley fen in England and the source of the River Waveney which runs through the locality and as one of the most important wetlands in Europe has International protection. As well as open fen the reserve includes a mixture of wet heathland, open water, scrub and woodland. The underlying acid and alkaline geology has resulted in characteristic wildlife including many species now rare in Britain including the great raft spider.
The fen includes an education centre from where there are a number of courses and events as well as a cafeteria where you can purchase refreshments.
Lackford Lakes has been created from former gravel pits and is a wonderfully diverse reserve with meadows, woodland, reed beds and streams. It is a superb site for wildfowl in both winter and summer, attracting tufted duck, teal, pochard, gadwall, shoveler and goosander. There is a large winter gull roost which can hold as many as 28000 birds. Passing birds of prey include the majestic osprey, whilst buzzard and sparrowhawk can be seen.