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Blaxhall Common

Blaxhall Common is a piece of heathland full of birds, butterflies, reptiles and flowers particular to the area

The hypnotic hum of insects on a summer’s day gives way to the strange churring of one of our most enigmatic summer visiting birds, the nightjar, as the sun sinks.

The calming, insular feel of this heathland is hard to describe. It holds an attraction for wildlife too and birds like woodlark, nightjar, dartford warbler, goldcrest, nightingale and stonechat can be found alongside common lizard, adder and plants like heath milkwort, speedwell, heath bedstraw and sheep’s sorrel.

In summer small copper, silver-studded blue, common blue and small heath butterflies dance in the clearings while the bold red and white fly agaric, a poisonous mushroom so often portrayed in children’s fairytales, is among the many fungi that appear, as if by magic, in autumn.

The peaceful common is small but full of surprises like winter visiting crossbill and colonies of ant-lion. The site is looked after by seasonal cutting which controls invasive scrub and maintains the medley of habitats.

Part of the Suffolk Sandlings, Blaxhall Common is cared for by Suffolk Wildlife Trust on behalf of Blaxhall Parish Council. The Trust also manages the adjacent Blaxhall-Tunstall Link on behalf of the Forestry Commission which is grazed by the Sandlings flock of Hebridean sheep and Exmoor ponies.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Heathland
Species
Bell Heather, Small Heath, Nightjar, Common Blue, Fly Agaric, Woodlark

Nearby nature reserves

Snape Marshes
1 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Alde Mudflats
2 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Captain's Wood
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Off B1069 between Tunstall and Snape
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP12 2EJ
Map reference
TM382566

GPS Info
Small car parks either side of B1069 and Iken road, look for footpath signs to east of Shepherds cottage.

Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
butterflies
reptiles
stunning views
Best time to visit
May - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
44.00 hectares
Status
Natura 2000
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
No

Walking information
Generally dry
Parking
Small car parks either side of B1069 and Iken road, look for footpath signs to east of Shepheds cottage
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Hebridean sheep and Exmoor ponies periodically graze the reserve.
Reserve manager
Sandlings Team
Tel: 01394 388431