Lackford Lakes lie beside the River Lark and are a wonderfully diverse reserve with meadows, woodland, reed beds and streams.
Lackford lakes attracts tufted duck, teal, pochard, gadwall, shoveler and goosander. Passing birds of prey include the majestic osprey, whilst buzzard and sparrowhawk can be seen regularly. Tree sparrows are seen year round feeding from bird feeders and specially grown crops on the Reserve. In summer, 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.
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.
VISITOR CENTRE OPENING TIMES
1st April to 31 October
10am - 5pm, including bank holidays throughout the year.
1st November to 31st March
Wednesday to Sunday from 10am - 4pm
The reserve and hide network are open from dawn to dusk every day. To avoid disturbance to wildlife no dogs, fishing or cycling are permitted on the reserve.
Please visit the Lackford Lakes website to find out more.
Pictures by Kumar Sriskandan