Sutton and Hollesley Common Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sutton and Hollesley Common Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sutton Common Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sutton Common Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Sutton & Hollesley Commons Nature Reserve

These heaths represent one of the largest continuous areas of Sandlings heathland left and are at their most colourful in August and September.

Location

Heath Road, between Bromeswell and Hollesley
Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP12 3HU

OS Map Reference

TM335471
A static map of Sutton & Hollesley Commons Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
400 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Grazing animals

Sheep and Exmoor ponies graze periodically

Walking trails

Dogs on leads where livestock are present

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

These heaths represent one of the largest continuous areas of Sandlings heathland left and are at their most colourful in August and September. Scattered mature scots pine, oak and birch mix with fine-leaved grasses, heathers and patches of bare ground, gorse and bracken to produce a fabulous place for wildlife.

Birds like stonechat, nightjar, woodlark, redstart, tree pipit and winter visitors like hen harrier, crossbill and flocks of finch, provide interest all year round. This is one of the few sites for the delicate silver-studded butterfly. Species such as green tiger beetle, adder, fallow deer and pipistrelle, long-eared and noctule bat combine to give this heathland added appeal.

The spooky churring of nightjar on a summer’s night – heathland heaven!

Grazing is critical to maintaining open heathland and the Trust uses a mix of sheep and ponies to do this job. The Trust has a flock of rare breed Hebridean sheep who cope very well with the poor heathland grazing and will control the growth of tree seedlings. Exmoor ponies were first brought on to the heaths in 2006 and are well adapted to the poor quality grazing and will supplement their diet with a mixture of heather and shrubby species.

The scale of the achievement in restoring Sutton & Hollesley Commons is due to one of the most enduring partnerships the Trust has been party to. The landowners, the Paul family of Broxtead Estate, have supported the Sandlings restoration since its inception, providing continuity and enabling a long-term vision to be realised.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Environmental designation

Natura 2000
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)