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Simpson's Saltings

Simpson's Saltings is one of the country's most important coastal sites for its wealth of uncommon coastal and saltmarsh plants.

A wonderfully lonely and isolated spot with an aura of timelessness.

For some, the immediate appeal of Simpson’s Saltings is its openness and wide views of the Ore estuary. It is also one of the county’s most important coastal sites for its wealth of uncommon coastal and saltmarsh plants. (For this reason the Saltings can only be viewed from the sea wall.)

These plants grow amongst a mosaic of habitats including compacted sand, shingle, saltmarsh, inter-tidal mud and estuary creeks. Sea campion, thrift and bird’s-foot trefoil flourish here alongside many rarer plants such as sea kale, sea pea and sea heath. Rare and fragile lichens too, have developed in the absence of trampling feet.

Inter-tidal mud provides rich pickings for wading birds, while areas of sand and shingle make ideal nesting sites for ringed plover and oystercatcher. Little and common tern are a regular sight and during the autumn and winter migrations, wheatear and flocks of meadow pipit swell the numbers.

Oystercatcher probe the mud for juicy morsels and prize shellfish open with their chisel-like beaks.

Species and habitats

Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Meadow Pipit, Little Tern

Nearby nature reserves

Sutton & Hollesley Commons
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Captain's Wood
6 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Bromeswell Green
6 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Behind Hollesley Bay Colony
IP12 3JW
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GPS Info
Footpath to reserve heads south west through trees from road (TM368451) just before HMP Hollesley Bay/Shingle Street entrance sign.

Great for...
getting away from it all
Best time to visit
May - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
25.00 hectares
Natura 2000
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Walking information
Public footpath follows the river wall. Uneven in places and can be very muddy.
HMP Hollesley Bay
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Andrew Excell
Tel: 01394 411019