Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Wildlife reserve could become tourism beacon

11:07 10 July 2014

Knettishall Heath, Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Pictured is ranger Samantha Gay.

Knettishall Heath, Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Pictured is ranger Samantha Gay.

A project to enhance one of Suffolk’s biggest and most important nature reserves could help the region become a beacon for wildlife tourism.

Contractors have been working for the past two months at Knettishall Heath to prepare the 250-acre site to become a “connected landscape” by removing miles of internal fences, which will be grazed by Exmoor ponies and allow heathland to merge 
into woodland and wood pasture.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has said the unique site – one of the largest areas of heathland on the eastern edge of the Brecks – has the potential to be the county’s very own New Forest.

Sam Gay, people and wildlife ranger for the trust, said: “The infrastructure is moving along. We’re at the point where we have had contractors in for the past two months and we’ve got all the fencing finished on site and we’ve put in a trail for dog walkers to the south of the reserve, so they have a new trail that takes them away from livestock and away from ground-nesting birds as part of our conservation programme.”

Miss Gay said she hoped four cattlegrids on roads across the reserve could be in place by spring, following a public enquiry this autumn.

She added: “It’s very New Forest. We’re hoping that it will become a much more open fluid landscape.

“Because it is now quite special and unique in what it will be when it is finished, hopefully that will attract general enthusiasts to come to see it as well as locals.”

Keith Brown, chief executive of Visit East Anglia, said reserves like Knettishall were a “terrific reason” for people to visit Suffolk.


  • A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said, "We've got the traffic lights on order, they should be installed by the end of the summer".

    Report this comment


    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Yes, it's a wonderful place and we're grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and WREN - and of course our members - for making it possible.

    Report this comment

    Suffolk Wildlife Trust

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • How nice to see something that is not concrete being invested in.

    Report this comment

    C Smith

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Sandy Jackson - Mark Westley Photography

British Gas has been forced to backtrack after repeatedly billing a 91-year-old great-grandmother for hundreds of pounds more than she owed.

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

Specialist RAF search officers are joining the hunt today for missing airman Corrie McKeague.

Archie Joe Darby and Daniel-Jay Darby. Archie, four months, was killed and Daniel-Jay was seriously injured after being bitten by a dog at their Colchester home.

A four-month-old baby was snatched from his mother’s arms by the family dog and mauled to death, an inquest has heard.

Stuart Bacon pictured sitting on the cannon from the wreck on the Dunwich Bank in 2009 - it was for many years a feature outside his shop.

Remains of a ship that sank to the seabed off the Suffolk coast around 500 years ago have been categorised as being “at risk” in an updated list of the nation’s heritage treasures published today.

Tom Reynolds of Marks Tey, who took part in the Arnhem bridge attack during world war two, with some of his memorabilia.
Pic: Clifford Hicks.

One of the last few veterans of the ill-fated Arnhem campaign in 1944 has died after a short illness at the age of 96.

Gemma and Lauren with their cats as they prepare to open a Cat Cafe.

Two young businesswomen are planning to open the region’s first ‘Cat Cafe’ in Bury St Edmunds.

Thumbs up from Freddie Sears after the Ipswich Town v Burton Albion (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 18 October 2016.    Picture: Steve Waller

At last! Ipswich Town have scored some goals – and after 10 months Freddie Sears even managed to grab one as well, much to the delight of himself and his teammates.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24