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Explore Dunwich Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Dunwich Forest is a mixture of coniferous and broadleaved woodland and is accessible from Dunwich village and is a part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The forest links into some wonderful conservation areas of marshland and wetland and is great for walkers. North Dunwich Forest has a circular walk. Park either in the Newdelight Walks Car Park or the New Car Park and follow the waymarked trail.

Dunwich Rewilding Project

Dunwich Forest is currently undergoing a process of 'rewilding' with a long term plan to recreate and regenerate the natural landscape that existed prior to the conifer plantations.

The managment of the forest is now a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and RSBP.  The more northern area being managed by SWT and grazed by a herd of Dartmoor ponies.

The heathland habitat to the south is being managed by the RSPB. The area covered by heathland will increase as conifer crops are gradually harvested and areas of deciduous trees are allowed to revert to heather. 

Lowland heath is one of the rarest of all Britain's wildlife habitats and is vital to the survival of many rare species of birds, reptiles and butterflies.

What do other visitors say?

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As a horse rider I would find a map of Dunwich forest would be useful showing the access points

Jane Powell, 21/Nov/2014

It's really a question of balance. Complete deforestation would be tragic but this is not as I see what is being planned. Instead avenues through the plantations are being widened and sculpted to create links between the wetland areas of Minsmere and the Dingle marshes. This will be good for wildlife conservation and will also create an attractive contrasting mosaic of colour for us all to enjoy.

CColes, 6/Feb/2012

I can■t believe people are against the plans to regenerate Dunwich forest to a more natural state. I understand why people are fond of the forest as am I, mainly because there is so little forest/ woodland cover in the UK. But this is not destruction of habitat but creation and we should get behind it! Let■s face it coniferous plantations are rather a sterile environment. I know scots pine supports a number of Invertebrates and birds woodpeckers and so on, but that habitat would still remain. The northern half of the forest is to be predominantly broad ■ leaf so it will not be ■baron■ it will encourage wild flowers and grown cover. Must human desires always come before nature? The plantations are not natural. Just trying to balance out the comments, probably failed HAHA!

Jack, 11/Dec/2011
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  • Off of the B1125 from Westleston to Blythburgh road to Dunwich.
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Location

OS Grid ref: TM467710

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Nigel Turner

01394 450164
nigel.turner@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
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Off of the B1125 from Westleston to Blythburgh road to Dunwich.
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