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Knettishall Heath
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Knettishall Ranger

Reserve info

Size: 434 acres
Status: SSSI

Hounds of the Heath


Our vision for the future:

Knettishall Heath is an ancient place, which echoes with the past. From the top of the Bronze Age round barrow you can wander through the haze of heather down to the banks of the Little Ouse. With its tapestry of woodland, riverside meadows and grassland as well as heath, the big skies and sheer scale of Knettishall Heath make it an uplifting place to explore.

Very few places are this special

The open landscape created by our Bronze Age ancestors remained relatively unchanged for 4000 years until changes in forestry and farming in the mid 20th century transformed large parts of The Brecks beyond recognition.

Knettishall Heath gives a sense of what this ancient landscape was like and is a refuge for Breckland plants and animals, like grey carpet moth, purple milk vetch and dropwort, which have disappeared from much of our countryside. 

Over the coming decades, our herd of Exmoor ponies will gradually turn back the clock, roaming freely across the heath to create a more natural grazed landscape.

Knettishall Heath trail map - click to enlarge and print:



Suffolk Wildlife Trust was able to buy Knettishall Heath thanks to a generous gift in the Will of William McAtamney, in memory of his nature loving wife Mary - read the McAtamney's story. This was combined with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and overwhelming support from Suffolk Wildlife Trust members, enabling us to complete the purchase and safeguard the future of this special place for wildlife and people.