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About Us

What is Daws Hall Nature Reserve?

Daws Hall Nature Reserve was established in 1981 and shortly after in 1985 Daws Hall Centre for Environmental Learning opened for the first time. With the generous support of many individuals and a number of organisations, funds were raised to convert a coach house, an outbuilding of the 15th Century Daws Hall into a classroom.

Today the focus of the Nature Reserve is unchanged and the Daws Hall Trust (Charity Number 1157570, established in 1988) manages the site for the dual aims of Conservation and Education.

When can I visit Daws Hall Nature Reserve?

The site is closed to public for most of the year. This allows the site to remain dedicated to hosting school groups from across East Anglia throughout term time and delivering a programme of home education and small public facing events.

For a few days a year the Trust holds Open Days which form important fundraisers to help continue environmental education on site. A list of open days and opportunities to visit the site are listed on our events page here.

What is there to see at Daws Hall Nature Reserve?

Changing dramatically throughout the seasons, the 25 acre site is small by comparison with some nature reserves, however one thing that is often said about Daws Hall is that "Every acre is different".

Highlights for most visitors include our Snowdrops in February, the staggering number of dragonflies and damselflies to be seen on the riverside in summer and the incredible Wildflower Meadow.

An overview of the site is available on our map, here

Photograph of the converted cart lodge opening as the education centre in 1985

Opening of the Education Centre in 1985.

Photograph of the flower meadow in summer.

In the Wildflower Meadow.

A carpet of milk white snowdrops through the trees in winter

A carpet of Snowdrops.

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