Bromeswell Green Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationSmall car park, uneven surface
Circular pedestrian trail round reserve, finishing with short section of walk on minor road back to car park. Path can be rough in places. Small car park with uneven surface at reserve entrance. Kissing gate access into fenced wildflower meadow areas.
Directions - From Melton - go over the river, turn left at roundabout, then first left off A1152 in to common lane. Parking on left after 200m opposite reserve entrance.
No wheelchair access.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to July
About the reserve
Small but charming with a bit of everything from river habitat to woodland and wet meadow. Bromeswell Green is noted for its wet meadows, saltmarsh and woodland. Wetland plants such as southern marsh orchid, lesser spearwort and fen bedstraw make a wonderful display in the damper areas, while climbing corydalis is more typical of the drier parts.
Common lizard can be seen basking on warm sunny days. This reserve is part of the Deben Estuary SSSI. At low tide, the river attracts hordes of feeding waders including redshank and greenshank. Look out too for the iridescent flashes of kingfisher along the banks. The woodland supports many summer visiting birds like nightingale, whitethroat and blackcap. Plaintive cascading song from the willow warbler can be heard April to June. In winter, redpoll and siskin feed on alder seeds in the woods. Rides are mown annually to provide ideal conditions for the numerous species of butterfly.