"Rivers, in some ways, are the one truly wild bit of Suffolk. They are the enduring wildlife corridors that run through all the county's habitats. They are the backbone to build all the habitats on."

- Penny Hemphill, conservation advisor for Suffolk Wildlife Trust


River by Jack Perks

Rivers and streams provide Suffolk's wildlife with ‘corridors’ to allow them to move between fragmented habitats. Internationally important chalk streams support endangered species such as bullhead, southern mayfly and white-clawed crayfish, while extensive, yellow-brown reedbeds are important habitats for birds, including threatened species such as bittern and bearded tit.

Despite the region's intimate relationship with water through power, irrigation and artistic inspiration, the pressures of industry, development and intensive farming have taken their toll.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is now working hard with planners, developers and farmers to ensure our wetlands are sensitively managed for the benefit of the plants and animals they hold. We hope the resources below will help you understand some of these projects and inform you about some of the key species found in our waterways.


Suffolk species

Water vole

Once a familiar sighting in Suffolk, the water vole has suffered a catastrophic decline due to habitat loss and predation. Find out how sensitive management can help support these endearing mammals.

by Amy Lewis

Otter and logpile holts

Although population levels are increasing, the otter is still vunerable to pollution, habitat loss and deaths on roads. See what Suffolk Wildlife Trust is doing to support otters and how you can get involved. 

by Amy Lewis