Redgrave & Lopham Fen Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Redgrave & Lopham Fen Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Redgrave & Lopham Fen Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Redgrave & Lopham Fen Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Redgrave & Lopham Fen Suffolk Wildlife Trsut

By Steve Aylward

Redgrave & Lopham Fen Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

A diversity of plant life to satisfy the keenest of botanists Redgrave and Lopham Fen is the largest valley fen in England and one of the most important Wetlands in Europe.

Location

Low Common Road, South Lopham
Diss
Suffolk
IP22 2HX
A static map of Redgrave & Lopham Fen Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
163 hectares

Entry fee

Free entry to reserve. Charges apply for school visits to the education centre

Grazing animals

Cattle and Konik ponies graze the reserve

Access

Fully accessible education centre with disabled toilet. Picnic area and designated parking. Wheelchairs may be pushed over some paths in dry conditions, but they are rough unmade surfaces.

Parts of the Spider Trail can be used by a powered wheelchair in summer.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Toilets
Picnic area
Disabled toilet

When to visit

Opening times

Open all year round

Best time to visit

March to September

About the reserve

This special place supports a diverse range of plants and animals, but it’s not just a fen. You can also explore the areas of woodland, heath and even follow the river Waveney that rises here.  Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast or just keen to get outside there is always something to enjoy here. As soon as you step out onto the fen you will experience the peace and tranquility of this wild open landscape.  

With over 270 plant species Redgrave and Lopham Fen boasts a diversity of plant life to satisfy the keenest of botanists. Those interested in birds will not be disappointed either. In the summer you can see hobbies skimming the pools catching dragonflies and an evening walk rewarded with the view of a hunting barn owl. In the winter you might be lucky enough to see the starling roost.

In 1956 the fen was the first place the fen raft spider was found in Britain and is still only found in a handful of places. You may be fortunate enough to see a spider at the water's edge, with cream or white stripes down its sides. Warm, windless days in summer are best for seeing the species. 

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Natura 2000
Ramsar
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

School visits to Regrave & Lopham Fen

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