Sandlings Heaths & Forests Living Landscape

Ponies at Sutton Common by Steve AylwardPonies at Sutton Common by Steve Aylward



It’s easy to lose yourself in the rich purple landscape of Suffolk’s internationally important coastal heaths. Yet these evocative sites are only fragments of what there once was.

Our aim is to reconnect these fragmented sites on a landscape scale to create the largest unbroken tract of heathland is Suffolk.

Local people and visitors will be able to walk out into a wildlife rich countryside which stretches for miles and supports buoyant populations of heathland specialists such as nightjar, woodlark, Dartford warbler, adder and the silver-studded blue butterfly.

With over 20 years experience of heathland restoration and grazing, we use our sheep flock and Exmoor ponies to graze sites across the Sandlings, helping community groups and private landowners to maintain their heaths. Creating joined-up landscapes requires joined-up working.  Strong partnerships underpin our vision for the Sandlings.