Redgrave & Lopham Fen Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeFree entry to reserve. Charges apply for school visits to the education centre
Grazing animalsCattle and Konik ponies graze the reserve
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen all year round
Best time to visitMarch 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.
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"England’s wildlife is under great and ever growing pressure. It is vital that we restore our land on a landscape scale so that it can support more wild plants and animals. "
-Sir David Attenborough