all coastal reedbeds are under threat from global warming, Suffolk
Wildlife Trust acquired the inland Hen Reed Beds in 1999 and
has since restored, conserved and extended the reserve to attract
the nationally rare bittern which is now becoming
established, as are marsh harriers and bearded
tits, little egrets, redshank and hobby..
Mammals include otters, water voles (shy and secretive) and Chinese
water deer. Dragonfly, damselfly and many types of butterflies can
also be found.
can find Hen Reedbeds on the A1095 between Southwold and the A12.
small herd of Tarpan horses from Poland has been
introduced to help manage the reedbed by grazing.