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Dunwich Forest

With Dartmoor ponies grazing the open areas, Dunwich Forest is being transformed from a conifer plantation into a rich mosaic of woodpasture, wet woodland and heathland.

A perfect place to walk in the woods

Dunwich Forest is Suffolk Wildlife Trust's newest Living Landscape. Suffolk Wildlife Trust have been working in partnership with the Forestry Commission and RSPB to create 260 hectares of grazed woodland habitat from an existing block of conifer plantation. The aim is tocreate a mixture of semi-natural habitats including lowland heath, wet woodland and some broad leaved woodland.

Dunwich Forest is already designated as a County Wildlife Site for its existing biodiversity interest but it would be vastly improved by replacing the blocks of conifer plantation with a mosaic of habitats, predominantly wood pasture but also acid grassland/lowland heath and wet woodland.

Dunwich Forest & Dingle Marshes circular walk - click to view

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland
Species
Gorse, Siskin, White Admiral, Adder, Noctule Bat, Red Deer

Nearby nature reserves

Dingle Marshes
1 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Darsham Marshes
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Church Farm Marshes
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Near Dunwich village
Southwold
Suffolk
IP17 3DZ
Map reference
TM467710

GPS Info
Look for forestry car park on left hand side 500m before Dunwich on Westleton road

Great for...
a family day out
butterflies
getting away from it all
stunning views
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Facilities
Picnic facilities
Size
270.00 hectares
Status
County Wildlife Site
Access
Yes

Access via forest rides, Radar gate on Sandlings walk entrance, all other kissing gates motorised wheel chair/buggy accessible. Some rides may be difficult for non-motorised wheel chairs, particularly in wet weather/winter
Walking information
Generally dry, but some rides difficult in wet weather/winter
Parking
Park in Forestry Commission car park off Blythburgh Road or Dunwich Beach car park
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Dartmoor ponies graze the open woodland
Reserve manager
Alan Miller
Tel: 01502 478788

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