Who we are
Suffolk Wildlife Trust is Suffolk’s local nature charity – the only organisation dedicated wholly to safeguarding Suffolk’s wildlife and countryside.
We make a difference for Suffolk by:
- Managing nature reserves and securing a bigger, better and more connected landscape for wildlife
- Inspiring the next generation of conservationists through our education centres and work with community groups
What We Do:
Imagine a Suffolk…
…where wildlife flourishes in countryside, villages and towns
…where children grow up inspired by the sights and sounds of nature
…where people live happier, healthier lives
This is our vision for a Living Landscape
A new role for our nature reserves
As the ecological anchor of a Living Landscape, our nature reserves are more important than ever, and the larger they are, the better for wildlife. Large sites and networks of habitat are better able to support viable populations of species and are less affected by impacts from surrounding land. They are able to respond more naturally and are better able to cope with changing environmental conditions.
Seizing opportunities to enlarge our nature reserves has long been a priority for the Trust but now we are thinking much bigger than ever before! Our vision for a Living Landscape will restore, recreate and reconnect 30,000 acres of habitat around our reserves and link them through a web of wildlife-rich countryside across Suffolk.
Suffolk Broads Living Landscape
Focussing on the Waveney valley in the Suffolk Broads, our aim is to create a rich landscape of wetland habitat from Lowestoft to Beccles. Lying within the Broads National Park, the area is home to a host of unique Broadland species.
Reconnecting, expanding and buffering wildlife-rich sites, including two internationally designated wetlands, will make them less vulnerable to water level changes and benefit species associated with the dykes and wet marshes.
Achieving our 30 year vision involves restoring damaged or neglected habitat and recreating wetland lost to arable farming. Land acquisition will play an important role in this, supported by legacy gifts.
Our conservation advisors are working with local landowners to secure their support and promote more wildlife-friendly farming practices.
Valley Fens Living Landscape
The headwaters of the Little Ouse and Waveney valleys hold some of the UK’s most precious fens, including Redgrave & Lopham Fen – the largest valley fen in England.
Internationally important for rarities such as sundew, bogbean, grass of Parnassus and great raft spider, the fens also support significant populations of declining bird species, such as reed bunting, and good numbers of water vole.
Small wetlands are vulnerable to the impact of outside influences, especially changing water levels. A landscape-scale approach will secure the hydrology of fenland sites and ensure they survive for future generations to enjoy.
Land purchases to enlarge and buffer sites are an important goal here. Legacy gifts to the Trust are kept separate from our day-to-day finances to enable us to plan for this. For example, a gift in the Will of David Feavearyear enabled us to buy more of the SSSI and double the size of Market Weston Fen nature reserve.
This is just a snapshot of the work we do to preserve and enrich Suffolk’s living landscapes. For more information on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust – go to http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/