Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve



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Most of Cavenham Heath NNR is typical Breckland heathland with dry, acidic sandy soil supporting acid grass heath; heather heath with patches of bracken and sand sedge. In addition there are riverside meadows, woodland, wet woodland scrub and small areas of fen. There’s a good population of Britain’s only poisonous snake, the adder, on the heath. And the wide range of habitats supports many uncommon plant species, including mossy stonecrop, annual knawel and suffocated clover. There are good populations of butterflies, including small copper, small heath and grayling. Over 400 species of moth have been recorded, including the rare lunar yellow underwing and forester. Well over 100 bird species are recorded annually, and breeding species include nightjar, woodlark and stonechat on the heath, woodcock in the damp woodland, and grey wagtail, kingfisher and nightingale along the River Lark. There is a regular pre-migration roost of stone curlew in August and September, numbering over 100 birds.

Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve
Phone : 01638 721329


About The area

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.

Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.

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