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Newbourne Springs

This small wooded valley with its spring-fed stream used to be a source of water for Felixstowe.

Together with its small area of marsh, fen and adjacent heathland this reserve is good for flowering plants and a variety of birds including nuthatch, treecreeper, goldcrest and all three kinds of woodpecker. The woodland is like a secret garden where you instinctively tip-toe round corners and talk in hushed tones.

Evocative nightingale song characterises the reserve in spring when you can find water avens and spectacular displays of marsh marigold alongside the stream. Careful scrutiny will also reveal common twayblade and the more open areas are covered in common spotted orchid. The woodland is dominated by oak, ash, alder, hazel and hawthorn.

Newbourne Springs is cared for by Suffolk Wildlife Trust on behalf of Anglian Water.

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Levington Lagoon
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Sutton & Hollesley Commons
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Hutchison's Meadow
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Woodbridge Lane, Newbourne
IP12 4NY
Map reference

GPS Info
Carpark entrance on Woodbridge road. Look for brown nature reserve signs.

Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
20.70 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Walking information
A marked trail takes you around the reserve. Walking conditions can be muddy and steep in places. Kissing gates, narrow boardwalk, steep slopes, steps and damp path sections all year round.
Small car park at reserve
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Hebridean sheep graze periodically
Reserve manager
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01473 890089


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