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Redgrave & Lopham Fen

A diversity of plant life to satisfy the keenest of botanists

Redgrave and Lopham Fen is the largest valley fen in England and one of the most important Wetlands in Europe. This special place supports a diverse range of plants and animals, but it’s not just a fen. You can also explore the areas of woodland, heath and even follow the river Waveney that rises here.

Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast or just keen to get outside there is always something to enjoy here. As soon as you step out onto the fen you will experience the peace and tranquility of this wild open landscape.

With over 270 plant species Redgrave and Lopham Fen boasts a diversity of plant life to satisfy the keenest of botanists. Those interested in birds will not be disappointed either. In the summer you can see hobbies skimming the pools catching dragonflies and an evening walk rewarded with the view of a hunting barn owl. In the winter you might be lucky enough to see the starling roost. In 1956 the fen was the first place the fen raft spider was found in Britain and is still only found in a handful of places. On a still warm day watch from the edge of a pool to try and catch a glimpse.

The pools in the central region of Middle Fen are the habitat of the very rare fen inhabitant Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes Plantarius). You may be fortunate enough to see a spider at the water's edge, with cream or white stripes down its sides. Warm, windless days in summer are best for seeing the species.

You can find out more and explore the fen by following one of the trails, pick one up the reserve entrance, or click to download one.

Species and habitats

Lapwing, Black Poplar

Nearby nature reserves

Thelnetham Fen
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Roydon Fen
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Hopton Fen
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Low Common Road, South Lopham, Diss
IP22 2HX
Map reference
TM 052803

GPS Info
Carpark entrance at education centre off low common road.

Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
stunning views
Best time to visit
Mar - Sep
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Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
163.00 hectares

Fully accessible education centre with disabled toilet. Picnic area and designated parking. Wheelchairs may be pushed over some paths in dry conditions, but they are rough unmade surfaces. The longer Spider trail can be used by a powered wheelchair in summer.
Car park on site
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle and Konik ponies graze the reserve
Reserve manager
Richard Young
Tel: 01379 687618