Levinton lagoon Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Levington lagoon nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Levington lagoon Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

This brackish lagoon by the River Orwell was formed as a result of a breach in the sea wall during the notorious 1953 floods, which affected much of the east coast of England.

Location

Bottom of Strattonhall Drift, off Church Lane, Levington
Felixstowe
Suffolk
IP10 0LH

OS Map Reference

TM238389
A static map of Levington Lagoon Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

Small car park close to site entrance

Walking trails

Grass track on river wall to reserve viewpoint is part of local public footpath route.

Generally quite level, but can be slippery after rain

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Simply one of the best places for estuarine birds on the Orwell. This brackish lagoon by the River Orwell was formed as a result of a breach in the sea wall during the notorious 1953 floods, which affected much of the east coast of England. This sensitive site is a magnet for breeding, wintering and passage estuarine birds of which there are exceptional numbers and variety.

For this reason Levington Lagoon makes a fantastic bird-watching site throughout the year. Seasonal specialities include greenshank, spotted redshank, dunlin, short-eared owl and flocks of pipit. You may also be lucky enough to spot kingfisher which seem to be something of a ‘regular’ here. Saltmarsh plants include lilac drifts of sea lavender (which unlike its inland cousin has no scent) and sea purslane. Suffolk Wildlife Trust looks after this site by controlling water levels via a system of sluices to encourage wading birds.

Levington Lagoon is cared for by Suffolk Wildlife Trust on behalf of Suffolk Yacht Harbour Ltd.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Environmental designation

Natura 2000
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map