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About the campaign

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has the chance to buy and restore 384 acres of land for wildlife in the Broads National Park.  The land links up three nature reserves that are home to some of the UK’s rarest wildlife.

With £1 million to raise this is the biggest nature reserve purchase we’ve ever undertaken. Each square metre of nature reserve costs £2 – and every pound raised will be tripled by other funding.

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  • Existing nature reserve
  • Opportunity now:
    384 acres
  • Already sponsored:
    379,139 m2 (75%)
  • Marshes managed for wildlife by our neighbour
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Lowestoft

Oulton Broad

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map of suffolk broads

 


Map of nature reserve area

In every way, the scale of the opportunity Suffolk Wildlife Trust has now to buy the land flanking our Broadland nature reserve is unprecedented.

Press cuttings from 1978 record the protests of local naturalists to the sale of the land we now have the chance to buy. Sadly, their fears for the loss of so much wetland wildlife were to be realised, when the marshes were drained and ploughed.

We can never replace all that was lost, but by creating the mix of wet habitats they need, we can bolster the populations of nationally rare animals and plants that have been protected by the nature reserve.

After decades of artificially low water levels, we will work with nature to restore the landscape of reed, marsh and fen that makes Broadland so special.

The reserve is on a major flyway. If we create a rich landscape of water, marsh and mud, birds passing over on their global journeys will find it. Matt Gooch, Broads Warden.

Aerial view of the Suffolk Broads by John Lord

Aerial view by John Lord.

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So far we've raised £758,277. Thank you for your part in this.

75% raised!

Current total:
£758,277

Our target:
£1,000,000

Please help us create a giant new nature reserve in the Broads National Park. Every £2 you donate will secure 1m2 of land for wildlife. Donate now