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RSPB Snape Reserve


Saxmundham
Suffolk
England
IP17 1TE
  • ****Dogs are only allowed on****
  • public footpaths, bridleways,
  • RSPB Information Centre
  • and on most RSPB guided walks
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Snape is an exciting new reserve where the RSPB are recreating important wetland and heathland areas. 

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. 

There 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.

Opening times

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.

Entrance charges

It's free!

Information for families

Regular family activities organised by the RSPB during school holidays and at weekends. Snape Maltings has family-friendly facilities.

Information 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 the ground.


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