Snape is an exciting
new reserve where the RSPB are recreating important wetland and heathland
At Snape Warren they have been clearing birch, pine
and gorse scrub to recreate rare Suffolk Sandlings heathland, with
the help of sheep and Exmoor ponies. The heathland is a blaze of
purple in summer and is home to rare wildlife such as Dartford
warblers, woodlarks and adders.
The higher ground offers
stunning views across the Alde Estuary towards Snape Maltings, where
there is an RSPB Wildlife Information Centre. It has information
about our work and walks in the area.
Snape Maltings is
a large arts and retail complex, hosting the world-famous Snape
Maltings Concert Hall of Aldeburgh Music, with a car park, shops and
cafes. The Snape reserve also includes a wetland area (only currently
accessible with RSPB guided walks) where the RSPB are creating new reedbeds
and freshwater marshes to benefit wildlife such as otters, water
voles, kingfishers, bitterns, marsh harriers and dragonflies.
are excellent walks along the Alde Estuary where you can see wading
birds such as avocets and curlews, plus barn owls, marsh harriers and
yellowhammers. Boat trips run throughout the spring and summer. RSPB
volunteers will be present on some trips.
The centre is open from
10.30 am to 4.30 pm every day except Wednesday. Snape Warren and the
public footpaths are open at all times.
activities organised by the RSPB during school holidays and at
weekends. Snape Maltings has family-friendly facilities.
for dog owners
Dogs are only allowed
on public footpaths and bridleways. Dogs are welcome in the RSPB
Information Centre, and on most RSPB guided walks. Please keep them
close especially between 1st April and 30 June as many Birds nest on