“A rich mosaic of wonderful wetland habitat and a real
treat for anyone interested in birds.”
Hen Reedbed is a blend of
reedbeds, fens, dykes and pools
created in 1999 to provide new
breeding habitat for bittern and
In summer look out for marsh harrier, heron, bearded tit and even hobby
hunting over the reeds and dykes. Reed and sedge warblers sing to their
hearts’ content alongside clouds of iridescent damselfly and nimble
dragonfly such as the four-spot chaser and hairy dragonfly. Far more secretive
the otter and water vole which also live here.
For the best views of the largest mere follow the way-marked trail through
the reedbed to the viewing platform at Wolsey Creek Marshes. Here the
pools are good places to spot
wildfowl such as gadwall, tufted duck and teal. At low tide scan the mudflats
behind you for feeding waders – redshank, avocet and sandpiper are
A lay-by on the A1095 gives access to Norman
Gwatkin Marshes, the oldest part of the reserve.
The hide at the end of the path overlooks grazing
marsh, which is part of Henham Estate. In summer
look along the reed-fringed dykes for reed warbler,
marsh harrier and heron – the heronry is one of the
largest in Suffolk. Rich pickings around the dykes
encourage otter, water vole and the
graceful grass snake.
The damp woodland is dominated by sallow, osier and alder and is good
for fungi, fern and wetland plants like skull-cap and lesser water-parsnip.
Other Trust reserves nearby: Reydon Wood, Wenhaston
Marsh harrier are usually seen flying low over the
Care for our konik herd at Hen reedbeds