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 

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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

What's on 

Upcoming events

Orford Ness Writing Workshop

Thu 06 Jun 2019
09:30-16:30
A day of writing, exploring behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most enigmatic wild locations. Landscape is a powerful resource for writers. This workshop unpicks the complex story of the Ness, finding inspiration in its natural and human history.

Bombs and Beasties 2019- all day guided walk

Sat 08 Jun 2019
09:15-16:30
Explore this once secret site.

Photography Tours 2019

Sun 16 Jun 2019
09:30-16:00
Explore the Ness including the Cold War weapons testing area.

Trailer Tour 2019

Sat 06 Jul 2019
09:30-12:30
Take a leisurely guided tour of the Ness in our 24 seat passenger trailer, including access to the Cold War weapons testing area.

Bombs and Beasties 2019- all day guided walk - Extra Dates

Sat 20 Jul 2019
09:15-16:30
Explore this once secret site on an all day walking tour.

Moth Mornings 2019

Sat 20 Jul 2019
11:00-12:00
Get up close to our fabulous moths, learn about their lives and how to identify them.
Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Our work

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

History

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

Wildlife

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Get involved

Intoduction to visitors 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

Groups

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.