Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve
The reserve and car park is open daily from 8am to 5pm.
The car park gate will be locked at 5pm.
Toilets available 10am to 3:30pm.
Takeaway catering available 10am to 3:30pm.
The visitor centre, hides and the summer trail remain closed.
Know before you go
Entry feeLackford Lakes is free to visit, however if you wish to support our work on the nature reserve, please consider making a donation or becoming a member of Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Very good, mostly surfaced paths.
Fully accessible visitor centre with allocated parking and toilet for disabled people. The 1.5km Kingfisher Trail is negotiable by wheelchair, with ramped access to four hides.
Parts of this reserve are accessible by mobility scooter.
The Winter Hide, reached by a firm 150m path from the car park, offers easy access for all visitors.
When to visit
Opening timesReserve and car park open daily 8am - 5pm (temporary restriction).
Toilets open 10am to 3:30pm
Takeaway catering between 10am and 3:30pm.
Shop open between 10am and 3.30pm.
The visitor centre, summer footpath and hides are currently closed.
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Listen to the sound of singing birds in spring with the arrival of nightingales and warblers from Africa. The first bees and butterflies start to make appearances on bright spring days.
Later in summer, the reserve is alive with damselflies and dragonflies. Swallows and martins sweep over the water's surface feeding on small flies. The lakesides are busy with nesting great-crested grebe, kingfisher, tufted duck and water rail. Bright stems of purple-loosestrife, common fleabane and gipsywort create colour at the water's edge.
Gold and red colours mark the coming of autumn with the arrival of a wide range of wildfowl. Birds including shoveler, lapwing, goosander, bittern and goldeneye depend on the lakes during the winter months.
The visitor centre and café is open 7 days a week and sells hot and cold drinks, pre-packed sandwiches, hot and cold savouries, ice cream, lollies and a variety of cakes and snacks, some of which are gluten free.
If you are visiting as a group, please contact us on 01284 728706 in advance to check availability. Guided walks may be available if requested at the time of booking.
Upcoming events at Lackford Lakes
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