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.
Timber Harvesting is taking place at Dunwich during February, March and April. We would like you to still be able to access the forest safely during this time and have produced a Harvesting Map to help you plan your visit and avoid the work sites. This map may change at short notice so always obey warning signs. For more information visit the Forest Operations in East District page.
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?
5 StarsPeter, 21/Apr/2016
Heathland is such a rare and important habitat, cannot wait until all the gloomy conifers have gone.
I walk every day with my dogs too. I too am a little concerned about the timing of the harvesting, surely the birds are nesting now and there are ground nesting birds in Dunwich forest/Westleton heath.
Sheila pettett, 17/Apr/2016
I walk my dogs regularly in Dunwich forest and was shocked when I saw how many trees had been cut down, as I thought it was only those that were marked with a cross. A path that ran through the plantation is now inpassable and the mess is awful. I only hope it will be cleared up, I realise that the birds are nesting now. Dunwich forest is the only place in the summer where the dogs can be off the lead so I hope this will not change.