Papermill Reedbed Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Papermill Reedbed Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Papermill Reedbed Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Papermill Reedbed Nature Reserve

Papermill Reedbed was created to compensate for the loss of wetland habitat resulting from the construction of the Stowmarket relief road.

Location

Papermill Lane, Bramford
Ipswich
Suffolk

OS Map Reference

TM127483
A static map of Papermill Reedbed Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
6 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Walking trails

Riverside public footpath, paths can be muddy

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Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open all day

Best time to visit

May 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.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Location map