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Lackford Lakes, Suffolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve | Community Directory

Lackford Lakes, Suffolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

General Details

Lackford Lakes is a wildlife oasis with a landscape of lakes, reeds, meadow and woodland. There is wildlife in close-up all year round from iridescent kingfisher and dazzling dragonflies to elusive otter.

In spring, listen to the sound of singing birds with the arrival of nightingales and warblers from Africa. The first bees and butterflies start to make appearances on bright spring days.

Later in summer, the reserve is alive with damselflies and dragonflies. Swallows and martins sweep over the surface of the water feeding on small flies. The lakesides are busy with nesting great-crested grebe, tufted duck and water rail. Bright stems of purple-loosestrife, common fleabane and gipsywort create colour at the water's edge.

Gold and red colours mark the coming of autumn and the arrival of a wide range of wildfowl. Birds including shoveler, lapwing, goosander, bittern and goldeneye depend on the lakes during the winter months.

Who to contact

01284 728706
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Where to go

Lackford Lakes Visitor Centre
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6HX
Area served
All Suffolk, West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds
Parking available

AccessAble - access guide for Lackford Lakes Visitor Centre

Days & Times

The reserve is open from dawn to dusk. The Visitor centre is open from Nov 1 - Mar 31 Tuesday - Sunday and bank holidays 10.00 am - 4.00 pm and April 1 - Oct 31 Tuesday - Sunday and bank holidays 10.00 am - 5.00 pm. No dogs please.

Other details

Age Groups
Adults, Young people
Disabled Parking, Adapted Toilet

Please be aware dogs are not allowed at Lackford Lakes.

We also have a wild tots group that meet regularly on a Tuesday morning in five week blocks. This group is for 2-5's and lets them explore the outdoors and get connected with nature! In wild tots we do mud kitchens, smelly potions, pond dipping, bug hunting, den building and more!




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