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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Quay Office
Orford Quay
IP12 2NU

Orford Ness, a wild and remote area is the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe. It contains a variety of habitats which are home to nationally rare birds, animals and plants. This is an important site for the breeding, passage and overwintering of birds.

The Ness was a secret military testing site from 1913 until the mid 1980s, and there is a display featuring the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment which was based here.

There is a 5 mile pedestrian route with information and displays on natural history and the history of the Ness. Other routes are available at certain times of the year.

General Information:

  • Children's quiz trail
  • Self-guided trails with booklet
  • Guided walks and events programme (call for details)

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Access by ferry only from Orford Quay, Orford town which is 10 miles E of the A12 (B1084) and 12 miles NE of Woodbridge.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve Postcode for SatNav: IP12 2NU


+44 (0)1394 450 900
+44 (0)1394 450 057 (infoline)
+44 (0)1394 450 901

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