Lackford Lakes lie
beside the River Lark and have been created from former gravel pits.
The potential list of birds here seems never ending, with rarities like
Black Necked Grebe occurring alongside more common species such as
A superb site for wildfowl in both winter and summer, Lackford
attracts tufted duck, teal, pochard, gadwall, shoveler and goosander.
There is a large winter gull roost and one or two pairs of redshank
nest here - unusual so far from the coast.
Passing birds of prey include the majestic osprey, whilst buzzard and
sparrowhawk can be seen regularly. In the summer months, hobby can be
seen in hot pursuit of sand martin, swallows and an array of
dragonflies. This is one of the best places in Suffolk for kingfisher,
and cormorant are often seen fishing at the sailing lake or roosting
in the tall trees by the river. Almost any migrant bird can turn up -
black tern are regulars but species like Little Egret and the more
uncommon waders are also seen.
reclaimed site has been quickly colonised by plants. Gipsywort,
figwort, common fleabane and purple loosestrife occur by the water’s
edge and common centaury and common stork’s-bill and biting stonecrop
appear in the drier areas. Encroaching willows need to be kept in
check so that the open water, which hosts clouds of blue damselfies,
is not lost. The otter has become a frequent visitor here. Suffolk
Wildlife Trust’s original 11 hectare reserve at Lackford was donated
by Bernard Tickner in 1976. In 2000 RMC donated a further 90 hectares
of land to form the Lackford Lakes reserve.
Birthday parties at Lackford
Dragonflies and Damselflies at Lackford Lakes
Lackford Lakes visitor's centre
Educational visits at Lackford
||Fully accessible visitor centre
with allocated parking and toilet for disabled people. The 1.5km
Kingfisher Trail is negotiable by wheelchair, with ramped access to five
hides. The new Orchid Hide, reached by a firm 150m path from the car
park, offers easy access for all visitors.