Minsmere, on the Suffolk coast, is well-known far and wide, but there are many other great locations in East Anglia and especially Suffolk for getting close to nature. Regular visitor to Upthorpe Lodges, photographer Robert Fearn from Nottinghamshire, captured this alert looking pair of stoats whilst holidaying in Suffolk in 2016. He was persuaded by a friend to enter the annual Daily Mail photography competition and his was his winning photo. Robert spotted the stoats on a log pile at nearby Lackford Lakes. We also have other Suffolk Wildlife Trust locations not far away, at Ixworth, Redgrave and Knettishall.
At Ixworth, Mickle Mere is a water meadow submersed for most of the year, hosting regular visitors such as Barn Owls, Egrets and flocks of geese. There is a single hide accessed a little way from Pakenham Water Mill , a great and unusual local attraction. Redgrave and Lopham Fen is situated on the Norfolk / Suffolk border, a sheltered reserve with a circular walk. Knettishall Heath is a favorite place for local dog-walkers and young families, and is quite atmospheric on a misty morning.
Lackford lakes is particularly varied with the occasional Osprey dropping in, and if you’ve never been close to a Kingfisher then it’s hard to think of a better opportunity than here. There’s a great visitor centre with large viewing windows and plenty of info for novice wildlife watchers, plus binoculars can be borrowed too.
Roberts work can be viewed at https://www.robertfearnphotography.co.uk/
Pakenham Water Mill: http://pakenhamwatermill.org.uk/
Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Mickle Mere: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/reserves/micklemere