Landscape and wildlife

Sources of pictures and information about Suffolk landscape, wildlife and the natural environment.

Suffolk Roadside Nature Reserves project 

Alongside grass-cutting contractors, parish councils and volunteers we are caring for our species-rich plant areas and plants of national or county importance.

The aim of the project is to conserve species-rich plant areas and plants of national or county importance.

All Roadside Nature Reserves (RNR) are marked with white posts and plates indicating the direction of the protected stretch of roadside verge. These ensure cutting takes place at the appropriate times.

View Suffolk's Roadside Nature Reserves map and click on the icons for a link to the fact sheet about each RNR:

  • Red icons on the map mean the RNR is not safe to visit.
  • Green icons on the map mean the RNR can be visited, but care should always be taken at these sites. If you are visiting by car you will need to find a safe place to park, away from the RNR.
  • Blue icons on the map are newer and are yet to have a risk assessment.

Please note that some of these RNR sites are very dangerous, and are not safe to visit.

For more information, you can email

Become a voluntary warden

Many roadside nature reserves benefit from volunteers who help to look after them.

Roadside nature reserve volunteer warden

What does a warden do?

  • Rakes and monitors the verge
  • Has the opportunity to write an article for the RNR Newsletter

Who can get involved?

  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Parishes

What do you need?

We provide you with everything you need:

  • Hi Vis clothing and a rake
  • Training on how to work safely on the highway
  • Risk Assessments
  • A list of the species you can hope to see on your verge

View our poster on how to become a voluntary warden if you are interested in becoming a roadside nature reserve volunteer.

Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service

Sharing information about Suffolk’s Wildlife, the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service is the one-stop-shop for biological information in Suffolk.

Suffolk has a rich collection of expert and amateur naturalists who support the work of the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. They allow us to share an ever expanding database of over 4.3 million species records for conservation, research, education and general purposes.

The Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service website has:

  • guidance on how to submit records or request a data search
  • links to other recording groups operating in Suffolk
  • a large selection of information relating to natural history in the county

County Wildlife Sites

County wildlife site

Suffolk has over 900 County Wildlife Sites, amounting to 19,200 hectares and covering 5% of the county.

Find out more about county wildlife sites on the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service website.

Suffolk Landscape Character Assessment

Brandon fields

With illustrations and photographs, the Suffolk Landscape map-based website describes Suffolk’s landscapes and how they developed over time, including:

  • landscapes of the county
  • character and qualities make up the different landscapes of Suffolk, and how they have developed through time.

There's guidance on managing landscape change and lists of other landscape studies completed in Suffolk.