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Bury St. Edmunds
Lackford Lakes, Map reference TL799706, nr Bury St Eds, IP28 6HX
Reserve manager William Cranstoun Tel: 01284 728541
10-Mar-16 to 10-Mar-21
Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, dawn till dusk
We love the idea of a Mothering Sunday walk here!
Lackford Lakes lie beside the River Lark. Packed full of bird hides, places to sit and enjoy views, an active visitor centre selling drinks and snacks plus a comprehensive programme of activities for children and adults, it makes a great and inexpensive place to visit.
A superb site for wildfowl year round, Lackford attracts tufted duck, teal, pochard, gadwall, shoveler and goosander. There is a large winter gull roost and one or two pairs of redshank nest here.
Passing birds of prey include the majestic osprey, whilst buzzard and sparrowhawk can be seen regularly. In the summer months, hobby can be seen in hot pursuit of sand martin, swallows and an array of dragonflies. 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
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
We visit Lackford Lakes several times a month including some memorable Dawn wildlife walks where we watched the sun come up over the hide enticing an Otter out onto the banks of the ponds where it swam in and out of the water like a glossy brown torpedo.
Offering a wide variety of activities for adults and children, Lackford is also perfect for a country stroll or more hard core wildlife photography from one of its many water side hides that are beautifully maintained, filled with the scent of warm wood planking as they heat up.
A man made reserve consisting of water filled gravel pits and maintained reedbeds, marshes and wetlands, Lackford is bordered by West Stowe Anglo Saxon park and Fuller Mill Trust Gardens that open to the public.
There are woodlands with prettily bridged streams, copses of Silver Birch, open fields, woodland trails and lake side seating overlooking man made Sand Martin banks.
We have seen Bitterns, Barn owls, Kingfishers, Otters, water fowl and birds such as Egrets and the visitor centre is packed with info and free telescopes trained onto their bird feeders that hang heavy with Bluetits. The cafe serves hot and cold drinks, local ice cream (pear and toffee!), cakes and snacks. The centre has an education room attached and runs frequent activity days for children and school trips. There are bathrooms and rangers on hand to answer questions. All of this is FREE aprt from a £1 parking donation and charges for special activities.
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