The Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust
owns and manages two private reserves in Suffolk:
Simpson’s Fromus Valley in Kelsale, and Orchid Glade in Hasketon.
The Trust greatly values its Friends and Guardians: with your help it will be able to preserve the special sites it already maintains;
purchase and protect new sites, and improve the diversity of flora and fauna in Suffolk for many years to come.
Simpson’s Fromus Valley
|View/download a visitors' map of the Reserve here (1.6MB).||You can view/download a visitors' map of the Reserve here (size: 2.4MB).|
Simpson’s Fromus Valley is a beautifully preserved wildlife site in a hidden Suffolk valley with meadows, woodland, ancient trees and ponds. The river Fromus runs through a wooded gully out into the meadows.
The 27 acres now support over 50 bird species including endangered species such as bullfinch, yellowhammer and skylark. The site provides a wildlife haven amid intensively farmed arable land attracting migrant birds in the winter, and acting as a refuge for resident bird species.
Cultivation of these former arable fields ceased in the 1950s. Fallow deer and muntjac abound and, with rabbits, the effect of their grazing is the most important factor maintaining a rich clayland flora in which the spring flowering of twayblade and southern marsh orchids still justifies the name of this small reserve. It really comes into its own in August when the sea of yellow fleabane flowers produces food for butterflies.
|Directions to both our Reserves appear on our «Open Days» page.|
|If you would like to take "A Seasonal Journey through our Reserves" via YouTube, please visit our Visuals page.|
ACCESS TO THE RESERVES
☞ To provide protection to sensitive flora, the gates to both reserves are normally locked and closed to unauthorised visitors.
Each site is open two or three mornings a year, when members of the public are welcome. Visit our Open Days page for more information.
Guardians (members), however, can visit at all reasonable times.