SUFFOLK (Aldeburgh), (W)

National Grid 00o00´/00o00´ N/A ha 40m?, heathland bordered by acid grasslands and an estuary

Anytime (several visits September & October 2008)


Birding Site Guide

Imagine one of the best heathlands in East Anglia, which is bordered on one side by acid grassland and connects on the other with an unspoilt estuary. On one border there is oak woodland and some plantation.

To reach Snape, take the A12 north out of Ipswich and then take the B1094 before Saxmundham east towards Aldeburgh. Along here take the last right south towards Snape, at the bend turn left and immediately on the right is a small car park (about 7 cars). Park here and follow the network of Public Rights of Way around the site, these footpaths are show on an interpretation board in the car park. There are no facilities.

The reserve is owned and managed by a variety of conservation organisations including RSPB, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Natural England. The reserve is important for breeding Dartford Warbler, Nightjar, Wood Lark and Sky Lark. Marsh Harriers breed in this area and can be regularly seen. In winter large numbers of Avocets winter along with many other waterfowl. Various waders can be seen to particularly on passage, with good numbers of Lapwing and Curlew often present.

Amongst the various butterflies here, Green Hairstreak can be found.


Author: BSG