Dunwich Forest Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Dunwich Forest Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Dunwich gorse ponies Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Dunwich Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Dunwich Forest Nature Reserve

Dunwich Forest is being transformed from a conifer plantation into a rich mosaic of woodpasture, wet woodland and heathland.


Westleton Road, Near Dunwich village
IP17 3DZ

OS Map Reference

A static map of Dunwich Forest Nature Reserve

Know before you go

270 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Free car park

Grazing animals

Dartmoor ponies graze the open woodland

Walking trails

Generally dry, but some rides difficult in wet weather/winter.

Circular trail from Dunwich to Dingle Marshes (4.5 miles):

Circular walk


Access via forest rides, Radar gate on Sandlings walk entrance, all other kissing gates motorised wheel chair/buggy accessible. Some rides may be difficult for non-motorised wheel chairs, particularly in wet weather/winter


Dogs permitted


Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to September

About the reserve

A perfect place to walk in the woods Dunwich Forest is Suffolk Wildlife Trust's newest Living Landscape. Suffolk Wildlife Trust have been working in partnership with the Forestry Commission and RSPB to create 260 hectares of grazed woodland habitat from an existing block of conifer plantation.

The aim is to create a mixture of semi-natural habitats including lowland heath, wet woodland and some broad leaved woodland. Dunwich Forest is already designated as a County Wildlife Site for its existing biodiversity interest but it would be vastly improved by replacing the blocks of conifer plantation with a mosaic of habitats, predominantly wood pasture but also acid grassland/lowland heath and wet woodland.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site