Gunton Warren Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Gunton Warren Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Gunton Warren Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Gunton Warren Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Gunton Warren, by Steve Aylward

Gunton Warren Nature Reserve

Gunton Warren is one of the Lowestoft 'gems', another fragment of wonderful wildlife habitat right on the doorstep of the town. It is a fascinating and diverse place renowned amongst the local birding community as somewhere to find rare migrants such as icterine and yellow-browed warblers drawn to the shelter provided by scrubby patches of woodland.

Location

Gunton Warren, Links Road
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR32 4PQ

OS Map Reference

TM551953
A static map of Gunton Warren Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
24 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Walking trails

Trail map

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

Dogs permitted
Please keep dogs on leads in spring/summer to prevent disturbance to adders.

When to visit

Opening times

Open all year round

Best time to visit

March to September

About the reserve

As the only remaining section of the coast that retains a full suite of coastal habitats from mobile shingle, to sand dunes and vegetated cliff slope, to lowland heath on the cliff top, Gunton Warren is unique now in Suffolk. The fact that it has survived along one of the most heavily developed and modified parts of the coast at Lowestoft is extraordinary. Suffolk Wildlife Trust is working with local volunteers to restore heath on the reserve and remove bracken and vegetation which was encroaching on the open habitats needed for important populations of reptiles.

Gunton Warren is a great place to see common lizard and adder, perhaps basking on the WW2 pillboxes or in sheltered sun traps amongst the heather. The gorse on site supports a wealth of species from breeding populations of linnet and greenfinch to the tiny, jewel-bright green hairstreak butterfly which is best seen in early June. The vegetated shingle found at Gunton Warren is an internationally rare habitat and Suffolk Wildlife Trust volunteers have fenced off some areas to protect them from trampling. Plant species have adapted to live in this harsh environment battered by wind and sea spray with very little fresh water. Yellow horned-poppy and sea kale have metres long tap-roots to find fresh water and sea pea grows low to the ground to reduce damage from the wind.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Location map