Sizewell Belts nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sizewell Belts nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sizewell Belts nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sizewell Belts nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sizewell Belts nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sizewell Belts nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Marsh, reedbed and wet woodland with adjacent heathland and beach - Sizewell Belts has just about everything!

Location

Lovers Lane off B1069 near Leiston
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP16 4UP

OS Map Reference

TM453639
A static map of Sizewell Belts Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
144 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Walking trails

Marsh wet in winter

Access

Wheelchair/pushchair access to woodlands

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to September

About the reserve

The rare and haunting bittern and flighty bearded tit are found here. A secluded landscape of grazing marsh intersected by a series of dykes and tree belts – a good example of how industry and conservation can work together. 

This diverse site is one of the best wetlands in East Anglia for wildflowers; it is a stronghold for otter, water vole and kingfisher, whilst water rail and barn owl can often be seen. The wildflower meadows, which are maintained by cattle and sheep grazing, include four species of orchid, yellow rattle, ragged-robin, bogbean and lady’s smock.

In summer the dykes are alive with many dragonfly (17 species have been recorded) including hairy and migrant hawker dragonfly. Visiting birds like wigeon, snipe and shoveler are attracted to the flooded marshes during winter.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)