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“Very peaceful piece of nature just outside Bury St Edmunds”
Review of Lackford Lakes

Lackford Lakes
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is a beautiful area managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. It is obviously very popular with bird watchers and each of the hides were full of twitchers with very big camera lenses! I just went to go for a walk and to enjoy some peace and quiet in a natural, unspoilt part of the countryside. There are several walks all of which track their way to the hides overlooking different lakes, and although they were originally gravel pits, they are now so developed ecologically, that they just look like a natural part of the landscape (as indeed they are!). The place was being manned by volunteers who were all very friendly and keen to share their love of this place - pointing out where we would find orchids, kingfishers, and owls (along with the many other species of birds, flowers, insects etc to be found there). There is a very nice coffee shop with tables outside which can be used for picnics, as well as for enjoying the cakes from the shop. Well worth a visit, even if you don't know your ducks from your geese!

Thank Balitraveller53
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

We have just stayed at Lackford Lake Barns so were very lucky to have the lakes right on our doorstep,we visited twice during the day & was lucky to be able to use the cafe on both occasions {one of them being a Tuesday as they are trial opening during summer season} have to agree that coffee & cake well worth trying out but not before you have hit the trails & entered a hide or two,three,four .......
Also took advantage of where we were staying to go for our evening stroll there too,lovely & relaxing.

Thank AmyNorfolk
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Excellent location, really relaxing. Great hides, and lots of them. Superb visitor centre (not open Mondays and Tuesdays). Scrummy cake and coffee

Thank Andy M
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We visited during the May open day and stayed much longer than anticipated. There were lots of activities for the whole family ranging from guided tours to work shops and a crafts fair. There was a cakes stand and a hedgehog trail, but what toped it of was the lovely weather (sunny and >20 degrees). The staff were engaging and we learned to distinguish seven bird songs, where we originally only heard two... We completed a quiz on animal skeletons to win a hedgehog house and we leisurely enjoyed lunch and cakes on the many picnic benches. Admittedly the activities are not always there, but the fabulous nature reserve is always a draw. I sometimes visit for just a 1/2 hour morning stroll, but happily come back with my wife for an afternoon chill out, which we routine finish with a cuppa tea at the visitors centre.

Oh, I also buy our birdseed here and our garden birds love them as they finish of their feeders twice as fast as supermarket bought food. If bought in bulk Lakeford Lakes is no more expensive and since doing this we have seen more birds spices come and feed in our garden.

Thank Danny B
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We had a lovely walk around a Lackford Lakes last Sunday. The staff were very knowledgable about the wildlife and which hides to prioritise. We borrowed one pair of binoculars for just £1.50. There are short and long walk options. We opted for the 1/2 mile circuit, but with stops on 3 or 4 hides we'd soon spent a couple of hours there. The paths weren't too muddy, although a sturdy pair of shoes are needed! A warm drink in the lovely visitor centre was a welcome relief afterwards. It was sitting here gazing out of the window that we saw our first Bullfinch!
Great for all the family as they often have children's activities going on (they were building bird houses on Sunday).

Thank Claire S
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