Natural England - Suffolk Coast NNR

Suffolk Coast NNR

The Suffolk Coast NNR comprises three reserves: Walberswick, Hen Reedbed and Dingle Marshes.

Suffolk Coast

County: Suffolk

Main habitats: Coastal

Although most NNRs are managed by Natural England, some are wholly or partly managed by other bodies approved under Section 35 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Suffolk Coast NNR comprises three reserves: Walberswick, Hen Reedbed and Dingle Marshes.

Walberswickexternal link: This area exhibits many types of habitat including reedbed, hay meadows, grazing marshes and a variety of woodlands. Other areas are dominated by heather and grass heathlands. Shingle, saline lagoons and intertidal estuary and saltings can also to be found.

The reserve has a rich beach flora, while the wetlands are home to marsh sower-thistle, bog pimpernel, sneezewort, lousewort, bogbean, frog-bit and greater bladderwort. The heaths are rich in acid-loving species, which include fenugreek, subterranean and suffocated clovers and mossy stonecrop.

Resident wildlife includes otters and five species of deer, and natterjack toads have been re-introduced to the area. Over 280 bird species have been recorded including bitterns, marsh harriers, bearded reedlings, woodlarks and nightjars.

There is a rich invertebrate fauna with rare solitary bees and wasps, ant-lions, and over 100 species of cranefly (daddy-long-legs). Around 500 species of butterflies and moths live in Walberswick including the silver-studded blue and white admiral.

Hen Reedbeds is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Further information about this area, its wildlife and how to visit can be found on the Suffolk Wildlife Trustexternal link website.

Dingle Marshesexternal link: The reserve attracts breeding and wintering wildfowl and wading birds including avocets, white-fronted geese, lapwings and redshanks. The site also holds a significant proportion of the UK’s marsh harrier and bittern populations. Dingle Marshes is also internationally important for the starlet sea anemone that lives at the edges of the creeks, saltmarshes and brackish pools.