Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve

We’re extremely lucky to have Carlton Marshes nature reserve, just across the river in Suffolk, on our doorstep. The reserve is a wildlife haven and you can easily reach it via our pedestrian ferry.

The reserve is run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and has been recognised as a site of national importance due to its populations of nationally rare animals, birds and plants, some of which are not found anywhere else in the UK. The good news for people and wildlife is that the reserve is about to become a lot better, as the Trust plans a huge extension to create a mix of new habitats, protect the existing wildlife and attract new species to the reserve.

However, in order to do this, they need your help. The Trust has raised an appeal to raise £1million to purchase extra land to create a mix of wetland habitats, including reed, marsh and fen – all reclaimed from farmland. The funding will also lead to additional bird hides and a new cycle path, which will be accessed via our pedestrian ferry across the river. It is hoped that the new habitats will attract an increased number of rare birds, insects and animals to the site.

Due to the site’s significance for nature, the appeal has received some high-profile support from the likes of Sir David Attenborough and BBC TV’s Countryfile TV programme.

Here at Waveney River Centre, we’re doing our bit by adding a voluntary £2 to every booking we receive, which is donated to the appeal.

To find out more about Carlton Marshes, the appeal and to make a donation, visit