RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Experience the peacefulness in winter, the clamour of spring birdsong, or the joy in summer of butterflies, dragonflies and plants. 

At Lakenheath Fen, the RSPB has converted an area of arable farmland into a large wetland, consisting mainly of reedbeds and grazing marshes. The new reedbeds have attracted hundreds of pairs of reed warblers and sedge warblers, as well as bearded tits and marsh harriers.

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A paradise for native & migratory birds

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Bitterns have been seen increasingly in all seasons of the year. In early summer, hobbies catch insects high over the marshes. Golden orioles breed in the remnant poplar woods on the reserve, along with blackcaps, garden warblers and woodpeckers. Barn owls and kingfishers are regularly seen during the winter months.

There is a new visitor centre where you can find out more about the reserve, its wildlife and history. An events programme is run throughout the year, and family explorer backpacks and trail guides are available.

The reserve is open from dawn to dusk every day. The visitor centre and toilets are open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except for Saturdays between October-March, and Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Information
The reserve is open from dawn to dusk every day. The visitor centre and toilets are open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except for Saturdays October-March, and Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Entrance to the fen is free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

For families
Children-friendly events take place regularly; more are planned for the future.
Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways

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FACILITIES

Viewing Points
Four viewpoints but no hides.

Nature Trails
A 3.4 mile (5.5 km) out-and-back trail and a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) circular trail. Please note: sections of these trails are closed, and diversions opened, from time to time. Most trails are accessible for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The Brandon Fen family trail is the most suitable trail for easy mobility. Free parking and free entry.

Hours
Open dawn till dusk.

Visitors Centre
Visitor centre opening times vary according to season, call for hours. Toilets and a hot drinks machine are available in the visitor centre.

RSPB Lakenheath Fen
Station Road, Lakenheath,
Suffolk. IP27 9AD.

Directions
From the A11, take the A1065 towards Brandon, then the B1112, towards Lakenheath and Hockwold. Continue through Lakenheath and just after the level crossing look for the RSPB sign at the entrance to the reserve. Alternatively, take the train to Lakenheath station which operates weekends only.

Contact
Telephone 01842 863400
Email lakenheath@rspb.org.uk

Donations
VIsit the RSPB website here and
contribute to their operations.