New opening hours at Lackford Lakes

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Visitors enjoying a drink in the centre, by John Ferguson

The visitor centre at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes nature reserve will be open for seven days a week from January 1, 2018.

The new, longer, opening hours mean visitors will be able to enjoy coffee, teas, cakes and wildlife in close-up all year round at the free-to-visit centre near Bury St Edmunds.

Mike Andrews, centre manager at Lackford Lakes, said: “Lackford Lakes is a real haven for wildlife, whether it is for wintering wildfowl or iridescent dragonflies in the summer.

“Increasing our opening hours from six days a week to seven means, even more people will now be able to make the most of this reserve. After all, there are not many places where you can get a kingfisher with your cake. “

This year Lackford Lakes celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding and conversion from a gravel quarry. Following a successful public campaign to raise £200,000, the reserve was also extended by 77 acres – a move that effectively safeguards a patch of land where nightingale and stone curlew breed.

The visitor centre, which operates from 10am to 5pm, closes for Christmas on December 21. It will reopen and remain open, from December 27.

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By Matt Sheehan