Ipswich Wildlife Group


Ipswich Wildlife Group (IWG) is a registered charity, relying entirely on volunteers, that promotes interest in, and conservation of, wildlife and habitats in and around Ipswich (UK).

We seek to inform and educate the local communities of Ipswich about the wildlife and habitats that can be found in the area, and the issues affecting them, as well as involve local people practical wildlife conservation.

  • We produce a 4-monthly magazine and event programme covering not only IWG events, but also those of other “green” organisations and groups around Ipswich.
  • We hold regular work parties to carry out practical conservation tasks such as coppicing woodland, clearing scrub from heathland, mowing and raking wildflower meadows. Anyone is welcome to come along to these. No special skills are required – we will teach you!
  • We bid for grants to improve wildlife and green areas around Ipswich.
  • We work closely with the Greenways Project, Friends of Belstead Brook Park and other local groups with similar aims.

News of IWG events, activities and campaigns appear in the "Local Wildlife News" magazine, which carries news of many of the conservation organisations operating in and around Ipswich. It is published three times a year, printed copies are delivered to IWG members.

To continue to do this, we need all the members and support that we can get. (Join Here).

In Memory of Ray Sidaway

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of Ipswich Wildlife Group chairman Ray Sidaway. Ray died on Thursday 10th January 2019 in Ipswich Hospital with his family around him. Ray went into hospital in early December and was diagnosed with a rare heart infection from which he never recovered.

Ray Sidaway

Ray will be greatly missed by this group and others for which he tirelessly volunteered his time, effort, enthusiasm, knowledge and wisdom.

We have been told by Ray’s wife Jen that the funeral will be 11.45am on Friday 8th February at Ipswich Crematorium.

Any enquires that would have gone to Ray, could they please be sent to Leila Matata

Latest News

Spring Wood Day

A celebration of the local nature reserve LNR is held on Kiln Meadow every spring bank holiday monday.


Beanpole Day

IWG Beanpole day is in April each year when beanpoles and peasticks are for sale for gardeners and allotment holders.


East Anglian Potato Day

The East Anglia Potato Day is an annual event that has been running since 1996. It is organised and run entirely by volunteers from three organic gardening groups.


They offer up to 100 varieties of seed potatoes, which are sold as individual tubers, so that you can buy as many or as few as you require. They also aim to offer as many organic varieties as possible, usually about 25%.

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