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irdwatching: There is great birdwatching in the immediate vicinity of the Grange and the village in general. Everything from robins to yellowhammers, skylarks, egrets, partridge, woodpeckers etc. In summer the skies are filled with the swallows, martins and swifts. Futher afield the opportunities are extensive...

The RSPB has sites at:

Wolves Wood: One of the few remnants of the ancient woodland that used to cover East Anglia. The RSPB manages it using the traditional method of coppicing (a special way of cutting the trees to let light in), which means that the wood has a wide variety of birds, plants and mammals. 5 miles away.

Minsmere: Offers families and keen birdwatchers a great day out. Nature trails through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides. Visitor centre, shop and licensed cafe / tearoom. Events all year and family explorer backpacks and trail booklets are available.

Havergate Island: Famous for its breeding avocets and terns, which can be seen throughout the spring and summer. In autumn and winter, the island provides a haven for large numbers of ducks and wading birds. Boat trip to the island adds to the interest of your day out.

Boyton Marshes: Between the Butley river and Ore estuary, Boyton Marshes attracts breeding wading birds in spring and ducks, geese and swans in winter. It's also great for watching owls, butterflies and dragonflies.

Lakenheath Fen: An area of arable farmland into a large wetland. There is a new visitor centre where you can find out more about the reserve, its wildlife and history. An events programme is run throughout the year, and family explorer backpacks and trail guides are available.

North Warren : This delightful reserve contains grazing marshes, reedbeds, heathland and woodland. Thousands of ducks, swans and geese use the marshes in winter, while spring brings breeding bitterns, marsh harriers, woodlarks and nightingales.

English Nature has bird reserves
at many sites including:

Benacre Broad: is on the Suffolk coast. It includes the reedbeds and lagoons of Benacre, Covehithe and Easton Broads, together with the woodlands and heathlands on the higher ground between them.

Bradfield Woods: Is a working wood under continuous traditional management since 1252, fulfilling local needs for firewood and hazel products. One of Britain’s finest ancient woodlands and is a glorious haven for wildlife. Range of soil types supporting impressive variety of plants – 370 at the last count!

Cavenham Heath: Much of the site is typical Breck heathland with dry, acidic sandy soil supporting heather and bracken with patches of sand sedge. However, the river is responsible for a number of damper habitats on the site making the NNR one of the more diverse examples of Breck heath.

Orfordness-Havergate: South of Aldeburgh on the coast. It is a large shingle spit separated from the mainland by the River Alde. Many nationally rare plant species are found here in abundance. Supports rare invertebrates - particularly beetles and spiders - and is an important breeding place for many bird species including terns and avocets.

Redgrave and Lopham Fen: The largest remaining river valley fen in England. One of the most important wetlands in Europe, now has international protection. Also includes wet heathland, open water, scrub and woodland. Underlying acid and alkaline geology results in wildlife including many species now rare in Britain.

Thetford Heath: A fine example of open Breckland grass heath and is of considerable importance for its periglacial 'patterned ground'. The patterns seen here are stone stripes and polygons formed by the action of frost that sorted and 'heaved' stones to form geometric shapes.

Suffolk Coast Reserve: Many types of habitat including reedbed, hay meadows, grazing marshes and a variety of woodlands, heather and grass heathlands, shingle, saline lagoons, intertidal estuary and saltings. Rich beach flora, wetlands are home to marsh sower-thistle, bog pimpernel, sneezewort, lousewort, bogbean, frog-bit and greater bladderwort. The heaths are rich in acid-loving species, which include fenugreek, subterranean and suffocated clovers and mossy stonecrop.

Resident wildlife includes otters, natterjack toads and five species of deer. Over 280 bird species have been recorded including bitterns, marsh harriers, bearded reedlings, woodlarks and nightjars.

There is a rich invertebrate fauna with rare solitary bees and wasps, ant-lions, and over 100 species of cranefly (daddy-long-legs). Around 500 species of butterflies and moths live in Walberswick including the silver-studded blue and white admiral.

Westleton Heath: Part of the best remaining tract of heathland in Suffolk. Birds of open heath and light scrub are well represented here and include tree pipit, dartford warbler, stonechat and nightjar; while the woodlands support nightingale and woodcock.

The local flora is typical of acid soil, with harebell, tormentil, heath bedstraw and mossy tiliea on the grassheath. Common heather, ling and deep purple bell heather provide an important nectar source for invertebrates such as the white admiral butterfly.

Anglia Water has a reserve at Alton Water just south of Ipswich. 400 acres in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Excellent habitat for a wide range of winter wildfowl as well as summer breeding conditions for great crested grebes and common terns. 8 mile cycle track around the water provides easy access.

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