8 stunning nature reserves in the Waveney Valley

PUBLISHED: 12:21 01 June 2020 | UPDATED: 15:40 01 June 2020

Carlton Marshes (c) Kevin Millican, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Carlton Marshes (c) Kevin Millican, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


After visiting one of the Waveney district’s many pretty towns and villages, head out into the countryside to find one of these 8 stunning reserves

1) SWT Market Weston Fen

A circular trail takes in most of the reserve’s 91 acres, past grassland, dykes, scrub and fen and up on to higher sandy ground that offers a view that has remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years.

Market Weston

2) Hopton Fen

A world of waterlogged peat and bristling stands of saw sedge, reed and rushes, where unique plants and animals flourish.

on hopton fen dec 09

3) SWT Thelnetham Fen

Next to the meandering flows of the Little Ouse, a circular walk of about 1 mile takes in the saw sedge and black bog rush of Middle Fen, the wet woodland of Old Fen and a section of the reed-fringed river. In spring and summer, breath-taking displays of wildflowers.

Little Ouse

4) SWT Redgrave and Lopham fen

The largest valley fen in England and one of the most important Wetlands in Europe.

Mist [Explored]

5) SWT North Cove Nature Reserve

A quiet world of wet woodland, pools and dykes that in summer fizz with dragonflies.

(141) Bird - Robin - North Cove SWT Reserve

6) SWT Carlton and Oulton Marshes

The Broads in miniature. Flower studded marshes drained by dykes and grazed by cattle, creating a paradise for marshland birds and birds of prey including hobby and marsh harrier.

Oulton Marshes

7) SWT Lound Lakes

A great place for important species to breed such as hobby, harvest mouse and grass snake. Over 140 bird species have been recorded at the site in the past five years, including barnacle goose, shoveler and gadwall.

April Morning

8) SWT Gunton Warren

A fragment of wonderful wildlife habitat right on the doorstep of Lowestoft town and the only remaining section of the coast with all the coastal habitats – mobile shingle, sand dunes, vegetated cliff slope, and lowland heath.

Gunton Warren and beyond, Lowestoft

See it all

The Angles Way is a 92-mile walk along the Waveney Valley between the broads at Lowestoft and the Brecks at Thetford, described as one of the best waterside walks in England.


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