Blyth Alde LL Suffolk WT cpt Steve Aylward
An expansive landscape of unique beauty
Between the Blyth and Alde estuaries in Suffolk is an expansive landscape of unique beauty, with habitats ranging from coastal and estuarine through to heathland and woodland, and a high proportion of the UK’s reedbed area.
Internationally significant for birds, including bittern, marsh harrier, bearded tit and avocet, this coastal region is under enormous threat from development and sea-level rise, and requires a landscape-scale approach to managing change. Habitat boundaries must be allowed to move in response to climate change, enabling the area as a whole to adapt over time. The vision of this project is a re-emergence of the natural landscape, creating a large sustainable area which, while founded on the past, will benefit both people and wildlife in the future.
We have created a new nature reserve at Snape Marshes, linking the habitat between the Blyth and Alde estuaries to create Suffolk’s largest unbroken tract of semi-natural habitat. With restoration of the marshland through conservation grazing and improvements to access, this reserve is a wonderful haven for people and wildlife
Start date: 2008
Scheme area: 3,400 hectares
Trust reserves within the scheme
This scheme is helping species including...
Current threats to the landscape
Development, sea-level rise, coastal squeeze
This scheme is also...
Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, improving access for people, encouraging green tourism, providing volunteering opportunities
Natural England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, National Trust, RSPB, local landowners, Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB, EoN.