Contact us:

Lackford Lakes,
Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk IP28 6HX

Visitor centre 01284 728706

Reserve team 01284 728541

School visits 01284 728706




Reserve info

Size: 323 acres

Lackford Lakes is a wildlife oasis with a landscape of lakes, reeds, meadow and woodland. There is wildlife in close-up all year round from iridescent kingfisher and dazzling dragonflies to elusive otter.


Wildlife in close up all year round

In spring, listen to the sound of singing birds with the arrival of nightingales and warblers from Africa. The first bees and butterflies start to make appearances on bright spring days.


Later in summer, the reserve is alive with damselflies and dragonflies. Swallows and martins sweep over the surface of the water feeding on small flies. The lakesides are busy with nesting great-crested grebe, tufted duck and water rail. Bright stems of purple-loosestrife, common fleabane and gipsywort create colour at the water's edge.
Gold and red colours mark the coming of autumn and the arrival of a wide range of wildfowl. Birds including shoveler, lapwing, goosander, bittern and goldeneye depend on the lakes during the winter months.

Please be aware dogs are not allowed at Lackford Lakes.


Lackford trail map - click to enlarge and print: