Reserve celebrates with family funtime
A celebration of the last three and a half years of the successful project to buy and create a nature reserve at Knettishal Heath was staged on Sunday.
The summer fair attracted around 500 people who enjoyed a taste of the opportunities available at the heath which was purchased by Suffolk Wildlife Trust through Heritage Lottery Funding in 2012.
The funding of £720,000 plus £100,000 the trust raised and a private bequest enabled the purchase to go ahead.
On Sunday families enjoyed expert led guided walks, a mini beast hunt, river dipping and archeological digs plus the Geocache trail finding hidden wildlife on the reserve.
There was also a wide range of stalls in the meadow including local craft and heritage items, leather work, wood whittling and wildlife photography.
The Diss Spinners and Weavers put on a display and there were home made cakes and savouries.
Samantha Gay, reserve ranger, said: “There was a really nice atmosphere and an opportunity to get our wildlife message across and show people how valuable the reserve is.”
Miss Gay also paid tribite to the 60 volunteers who support the reserve’s daily activities and who helped on the day.