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Lound Lakes

Lound Lakes is a wonderfully wildlife rich site containing a mosaic of habitats, including woodland, acid and lowland grassland, open water, rush pasture and fen meadow.

A wonderfully wildlife rich site containing a mosaic of habitats

Lound Lakes is a wonderfully wildlife rich site containing a mosaic of habitats, including woodland, acid and lowland grassland, open water, rush pasture and fen meadow. These varied habitats provide a great place for important species to breed such as hobby, harvest mouse and grass snake.

Important plant species abound at the reserve, including lesser water plantain, water starworts, water lilies, floating bur-reed and water violet. Also the notable stonewort species Nitella translucens and Chara virgate have been recorded.

Over 140 bird species have been recorded at the site in the past 5 years, due to the proximity to migratory routes as well as the diverse mosaic of habitats at the site. The lakes support large populations of roosting geese and ducks including barnacle goose, shoveler and gadwall. In addition kingfisher, reed warblers, oystercatcher, and hobby all breed close to the lakes. The meadows provide nesting and foraging habitat for species such as barn owl and skylark and in the winter large flocks of thrushes are seen feeding. The woodlands provide an important winter refuge for woodcock and crossbill.

Several bat species are present across the site including brown long-eared, common and soprano pipistrelle, daubentons and noctule. 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland
Species
Grass Snake, Hobby, Brown Long-eared Bat, Noctule Bat

Nearby nature reserves

Gunton Meadow
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Gunton Warren
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Carlton & Oulton Marshes
5 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Hall Road,Lound
Great Yarmouth
Suffolk
NR31 9AU
Map reference
TG511007
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
stunning views
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Dawn til dusk
Size
113.00 hectares
Status
County Wildlife Site
Access
Yes

Network of public and permissive footpaths
Walking information
Normally dry, but can be muddy after rain
Parking
Small car park opposite Lakeside Manor, Hall Road
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Carl Herrington
Tel: 07964 120621
carl.herrington@suffolkwildlifetrust.org