Biodiversity Projects

SBIS is involved in several biodiversity projects. These are briefly described below; click on the link to go directly to the project.

County Wildlife Sites (CWSs)

CWSs play a key role in the conservation of Suffolk's biodiversity. We have over 900 CWSs, all of which have high value for wildlife and are of county, regional or national importance. The proportion of local wildlife and geodiversity sites that are in postive conservation management are recorded under National Indicator 197.

Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group

In the early 1900s, Suffolk had more than 6,000 orchards. A 3-year project recorded how many of these remained and assessed their potential for restoration. Information can be found here about the groups continued activities.

Roadside Nature Reserves (RNRs)

This project aims to conserve species-rich plant areas and plants of national or county importance alongside Suffolk's roads. Some RNRs have legal protection, whilst most others have County Wildlife Site status.

Marine mammal project

You can make a valuable contribute to our knowledge of marine mammals off the Suffolk coast. Just download our sightings form and fill it in with any details of dolphins, whales or porpoises that you see from the shore or out at sea. 

Suffolk's Community Biodiversity Projects

Many community projects are making a significant contribution to wildlife conservation in Suffolk as well as benefitting people. We aim to inspire other communities to set up their own projects by demonstrating the huge achievements of 17 communities in the Suffolk Coastal area.

Saving Suffolk's Stag Beetle

SBIS is supporting the Saving Suffolk's Stag Beetle Project led by Colin Hawes. Colin lives in Suffolk and is undertaking  research on the ecology of stag beetles with the Royal Holloway University of London and the People's Trust for Endangered Species. Suffolk is an international stronghold for stag beetle Lucanus cervus, the largest of the UK's beetles. The iconic male 'stag' with its outsized jaws can be seen flying in the south and east of the county on warm summer evenings.