Papermill Reedbed Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Riverside public footpath, paths can be muddy
Not suitable for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen all day
Best time to visitMay to August
About the reserve
Papermill Reedbed was created to compensate for the loss of wetland habitat resulting from the construction of the Stowmarket relief road. The land is owned by Blakenham Farms and the reedbed creation was undertaken by the Trust.
The land was formerly dry grassland with very little wildlife interest and the ditches were overgrown and quite dry. Following a programme of ditch restoration and scrape creation together with installing water control structures, the land is now much wetter and the ditches hold water year round.
The wet ground will encourage the growth of common reed which in the coming years will become the dominant plant across much of the reserve. The restored ditches are already home to water voles and regularly used by otter hunting for fish. Several species of dragonfly and damselfly have already colonised the ditches and open water areas. The river Gipping which forms the eastern boundary of the reserve is especially attractive and particularly rich in wildlife and well worth walking beyond the boundary of the reserve.