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What am I looking at?
The site is owned and managed by the Nayland with Wissington Land Company, who involve the local community in improving the area for wildlife, and in turn people.
To the right, you can see a stretch of ‘dead hedging’ that way laid to provide habitat for wildlife including small mammals, insects, birds and fungi.
The field corner behind the hedge is being allowed to “rewild” for five years to diversify habitat types and support an even wider range of plants and animals.
The remainder of the open meadowland is managed by periodic grazing and new trees have recently been planted around the edge of the pond to prevent erosion and support wildlife.
Between the 14th and 16th centuries Nayland was one of the wealthiest towns in England thanks to its prominence as a national centre for woollen cloth production.
With the decline of the cloth industry during the 16th and 17th centuries, other activities such as soap making, tanning, milling and brewing became more important and characterise much of the village to date.
In 2005 the Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society raised funds to acquire the field you can see here to be managed for conservation followed by the adjoining southern field in 2012.
Since acquisition there have been many achievements including the construction of a public footpath linking Nayland to Stoke-by-Nayland in 2014 and sightings of otters in the meadow pond.
Walks and more
Popular walking routes in this area include the 3.3km ‘Historic Nayland’ and a longer 9.3km route that incorporates the beautiful villages of Wissington and Little Horkesley. Visit our website to find out more.