Chruch farm marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Church Farm Marshes by Steve Aylward

Church farm marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Church Farm Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Church farm marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Church farm marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Church Farm Marshes Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Church Farm Marshes Nature Reserve

Church Farm Marshes was kindly left to Suffolk Wildlife Trust as a reserve by Philip Elsey, who farmed here for more than forty years.

Location

Thorington Road, Thorington
Halesworth
Suffolk
IP19 9JG

OS Map Reference

TM420742
A static map of Church Farm Marshes Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
56 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Walking trails

Difficult access for those with poor mobility. Uneven and wet ground with steep slopes and areas of open water

View walking trail map

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

The farm is a wildlife haven with flower-rich marshes Church Farm Marshes boasts a combination of flower rich marshland, grassland areas that support an abundance of insects and copses of wet and dry woodland. The marshes are quite peaty with a wide range of plants including southern marsh orchid, marsh marigold and ragged robin.

The dykes are also important for wetland plants and dragonflies. The marshes and grassland are maintained in the traditional way by grazing to safeguard the rich mix of plants and provide a good supply of insects for skylark, linnet, yellowhammer and other farmland birds. In the drier areas, grazing creates a mosaic of short turf, longer grass and patches of scrub. This is particularly valuable for grass snake and provides good hunting for barn owl.

A small sand and gravel pit brings yet more wildlife interest and the exposed south-facing sandy sides of the pit are used by burrowing bees, solitary wasps and other insects. Church Farm Marshes trail map - click to view Church Farm Marshes benefited from a gift in the will of Philip Elsey.  

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site