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Address: Lackford, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HX, England
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From iridescent kingfishers to swirling clouds of starlings, the landscape...

From iridescent kingfishers to swirling clouds of starlings, the landscape of lakes, reedbed, meadow and woodland makes Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Lackford Lakes a wildlife oasis, offering close-up encounters with nature all year round. The reserve, trails and hides are open daily from dawn to dusk. Call in to the visitor centre for panoramic views of the reserve... coffee, cake and ice cream... and wildlife explorer back packs for young adventurers. Family activities and adult wildlife courses take place at Lackford Lakes throughout the year; follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep in touch.

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Vreat bird watching

Been before but not recently. It is a lovely place to walk (about 4 miles in all) and watch for the variety of birdlife. Kingfishers, herons, little egrets, numerous ducks, garden... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Cathy B
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been before but not recently. It is a lovely place to walk (about 4 miles in all) and watch for the variety of birdlife. Kingfishers, herons, little egrets, numerous ducks, garden birds. Visitor Centre is very friendly and has tea, coffee, cakes, and crisps. Volunteers are helpful and knowlegeable. Well worth another visit in a month.

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Trethomas, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As was staying with family in Stowmarket and looking for a somewhere new to try out a new camera lens our family suggested Lackford Lakes and we were disappointed. Great hides overlooking lakes, scrapes and wildfowl areas as well as some great wooded areas dotted with feeders and frequented by the smaller birds. Had a number of first time spots... More 

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Walsham-le-Willows, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A really lovely afternoon stroll but could easily have stayed longer. Various lakes, ponds and streams with a good variety of birds to be seen. The bird song was wonderful. This is a place you should return to at least once a month to follow the seasons through. Warmly recommended.

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well marked trails with informative plaques, children enjoyed the bird hides. A variety of bird, insect, and plant life to enjoy.

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Thank Kris1781
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lackford lakes is a great place for birdwatching and seeing wildlife. Is a must for all ages. several hides and lakes and there is also a visitors centre where you can have cake and beverages, gifts and toilets. Is closed Mondays.

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Thank suffolkjackie
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lackford lake is such a pretty, we'll managed area. I'm a RSPB member so have a great interest in the feathered creatures we share the planet with. The hides are well maintained and easily accessible, perfect and not too big an area to take children to and spark their interest. Good parking area too.

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Thank dskiwi
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

went there in summer, unfortunately we didn't have any binoculars with us, but it's heaven for any bird lovers. It's quite a big area and you can go for walks and learn more about bird and animal species in the look-out points.

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Sleepy Suffolk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in Bury St Edmunds specifically to visit Lackford Lakes, one of Suffolk Wildlife Trust's treasures. The lakes and woodland are lovely to walk through, and although the lakes were frozen when we visited this time we still found some delightful birds. Hundreds of ducks and geese sat on the ice waiting for a thaw that didn't come. Nuthatches... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

give this place a visit if you like a good walk round a lake on a sunny day this is the place to go there is also a Saxon village near by with a café etc

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SuffolkWildlifeTrust, Manager at Lackford Lakes, responded to this review

Hi, I think you may be confusing us with West Stow country park on the opposite side of the River Lark. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

the lake is a great place to walk arround winter or summer.children will love it.it is dog frendly as long as you keep them on a lead and take a poo bag with you.there is an old settelment there to wich is wrrth a look.there are swings and things fpr the children.good place to have picnic or there is a... More 

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SuffolkWildlifeTrust, Manager at Lackford Lakes, responded to this review

Hi I think you have confused us with West Stow Country Park, which is on the opposite side of the River Lark. Lackford Lakes is a nature reserve and we do not allow dogs on site at all. Also there is no play area for children. More 

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