Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Internationally important coastal nature reserve, with a fascinating 20th-century military history

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

What's on 

Upcoming events

Bombs and Beasties - all day guided walk

Sat 10 Sep 2016
A five minute boat ride leads to a five mile walk and talk with a ranger, looking at various aspects of this unique site - once a Top Secret military test site now a National Nature Reserve. Will include access to the Atomic Weapons Research...

Conservation in Action - Bird Ringing Mornings

Sat 17 Sep 2016
See conservation in action by spending up to an hour with volunteers from the Landguard Bird Observatory to learn about this important part of our work.

Photography Tours 2016

Sat 15 Oct 2016
Explore the Ness including the Cold War weapons testing area.
Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Our work

Pagodas on Orford Ness

Have you ever worked on Orford Ness 

... or did you ever work for any of the companies providing support services? Do you know anyone who did? If so we'd love to hear from you.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve


Early days

History of Orford Ness 

The shifting shingle has altered the landscape over many years and the Ness’s importance as a military site from the days of Napoleon to the Second World War have also left their mark.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve


Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Get involved

Meeting and greeting on the quay at Orford Ness

Help us care for the Ness 

Get more involved with the work here, perhaps as a volunteer ranger. Get out and about, make new friends, learn about this special place.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve


Group enjoying their time at Orford Ness

Bring your group 

Share this unique location with others and enjoy a guided group visit. You’ll all appreciate discovering the island's many secrets as your ranger guide shows you around the landscape and buildings including the pagodas.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Eating and shopping

The Quay Steet in Orford

Perfect for picnics 

There are no catering facilities on the Ness. However Orford is a good place to buy food and the Ness is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.