Nunnery Lakes Reserve

Lt Ouse river on the Nunnery Lakes Reserve

The Nunnery Lakes is the Trust’s only reserve and lies in the valleys of the Rivers Thet and Little Ouse in Thetford. This varied site is home to a wide range of wildlife, including several rare or endangered species. About 60 species of birds breed here and many more over-winter or pass through. Other wildlife includes Roe deer, Otter, Grass Snake, Common Lizard and a wide variety of butterflies and dragonflies. Several scarce Breckland plants occur on the site, including Tower Mustard and Mossy Stonecrop.

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The reserve is open daily during daylight hours. Most paths are unsuitable for wheelchairs, but special arrangements can be made for disabled visitors. There are three entrances, each with
an Information Panel and map.

A – Arlington Way – across the river from the Riverside Public House, park in Arlington Way.

B – Nuns’ Bridges – via a kissing gate on the north side of the Little Ouse, 100m east of the bridges. There is a car-park to the south of the river opposite Mill Lane.

C – Nunnery Place – past Nightingale Way then along the unmetalled track down to the river. Park at the BTO.

Nunnery Lakes Reserve

General Information

The hide on the Nunnery Lakes Reserve

• The nearest toilets are at the Nunnery.
• The distance from the Nuns’ Bridges to the Lakes and back is about 3kms/1.5 miles.
• It is advisable to wear walking boots.
• BTO reception is open 9am–5.30pm Mon–Thurs and 9am–5pm Friday.
• All paths are way-marked.
Please keep all dogs on a lead.
• Parking – see above.

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