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Sizewell Belts

Marsh, reedbed and wet woodland with adjacent heathland and beach - Sizewell Belts has just about everything!

The rare and haunting bittern and flighty bearded tit are found here.

A secluded landscape of grazing marsh intersected by a series of dykes and tree belts – a good example of how industry and conservation can work together.

Marsh, reedbed and wet woodland with adjacent heathland and beach - Sizewell Belts has just about everything! This diverse site is one of the best wetlands in East Anglia for wildflowers; it is a stronghold for otter, water vole and kingfisher, whilst water rail and barn owl can often be seen.

The wildflower meadows, which are maintained by cattle and sheep grazing, include four species of orchid, yellow rattle, ragged-robin, bogbean and lady’s smock. In summer the dykes are alive with many dragonfly (17 species have been recorded) including hairy and migrant hawker dragonfly. Visiting birds like wigeon, snipe and shoveler are attracted to the flooded marshes during winter.

Nearby nature reserves

Hazlewood Marshes
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Darsham Marshes
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Dunwich Forest
5 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Lovers Lane off B1069 near Leiston
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP16 4UP
Map reference
TM453639
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
144.00 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

Walking information
Marsh wet in winter. Wheelchair/pushchair Access to woodlands
Parking
Kenton Hills car park off Lovers Lane
Dogs
Guide dogs only
Reserve manager
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01473 890089