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Needham Lake, Needham Market

Needham Lake Coddenham Road Needham Market Ipswich Suffolk IP6 8NU

Needham Lake is man-made, having originally been rough, open meadowland. During the 1970s gravel was extracted during the construction of the nearby A14 and the pit was flooded to form the lake.

During the extraction, ice age discoveries were made and numerous evidence of pre-historic life! There’s a board near the car park giving more information on this, which makes a fascinating read.

In 1986 the lake was extended to create a pond which attracts and encourages more wildlife. King’s Meadow was also added to the site creating an area of 27 acres.

The lake is well stocked with Tench, Roach, Perch, Carp, Bream, Chub and the predatory Pike which has been known to snatch and eat ducklings as they paddle across deeper waters! There are marsh plants and reeds which provide shelter for water fowl and where Reed Warblers are known to nest.   A great variety of birds visit the lake and its environs making it a splendid venue for bird spotters.

There is ample parking and picnic spots so it’s a favourite place for locals and attracts visitors from further afield. The surrounds of the lake have also been used for Open Air Theatre and Local Dog Shows and the lake was even used as part of the Paralympic Flame Celebrations during the 2012 Olympics.

It’s not a long walk round the lake so can be done with kids quite easily.

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