Map OS Landranger 144
Grid reference TM 052801
Dogs on a short lead only
Parking on site
Redgrave & Lopham Fen is the largest remaining river valley fen in England and the source
of the River Waveney. As one of the most important wetlands in Europe,
Redgrave and Lopham Fen now has international protection. As well as open
fen the reserve includes a mixture of wet heathland, open water, scrub
and woodland. The underlying acid and alkaline geology has resulted in
characteristic wildlife including many species now rare in Britain.
Historically local people dug peat for fuel, harvested reed and sedge
for thatching and grazed the drier margins with cattle. With the demise
of these activities, together with post-war drainage and water abstraction,
the fen began to dry out and degrade.
The Trust’s restoration project has included the reinstatement of
traditional management, grazing with a herd of resilient Polish Konik
ponies, beef cattle and hebridean sheep, peat scraping to expose fresh wet peat and the
re-siting of a public water abstraction borehole. This has resulted in
rehydration of the fen and the gradual return of its wonderful wildlife.
Already wetland species such as butterwort, marsh fragrant orchid and
cross-leaved heath have made a comeback as have breeding snipe.
Nearby Trust reserves:
Market Weston Fen
New volunteering opportunities - more volunteers needed to join our conservation work parties.
Sheila Tilmouth's artist residency with the Fen Raft Spider 2009
Wildlife at Redgrave & Lopham Fen
Wildlife Watch club at the fen
Fen ecology and restoration
Grazing at the Fen
Discover species at the fen - flash game
Educational visits at the Fen
Download the Redgrave & Lopham Fen leaflet
Events at Redgrave & Lopham Fen
Come along and learn to m ake a wreath or table
decoration. All materials are provided and price is £7.50/£10 depending
on arrangement chosen. Come between 10am-4pm on Sunday 29th December.
Contact or 01379 688333 to book.
General knowledge quiz with jacket potato supper. Please
bring your own drink and glasses. The quiz is on Tuesday 8th Decemebr
at 7.30pm. Teams of 4 at £5 per person.
Contact or 01379 740041 to book.
||Fully accessible visitor
centre with café (weekends) and disabled toilet, picnic area and
designated parking. Wheelchair may be pushed in dry conditions over
grass path to boardwalk with fen viewing platform (250m from centre).
The longer Spider Trail can be used by a powered wheelchair or scooter