Nature and Wildlife

Stretching from Lowestoft to Felixstowe, Suffolk’s 49-mile coastline is a haven for wildlife and a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

Perhaps Suffolk’s most well-known spot thanks to it being home to BBC Springwatch in recent years is RSPB Minsmere, which lies between the popular coastal resorts of Southwold and Aldeburgh. This glorious 2,500 acre site has a mix of reedbeds, lowland heath, woodland, wetlands and lagoons, and as a result is graced by some of the UKs rarest species.  Highlights include avocets, bearded tits and bitterns, and you may even  spots some resident otters.

Neighbouring Minsmere is Dunwich Heath which is managed by National Trust.  Here all ages can enjoy learning about the wildlife that resides here from bugs and pond life to birds and deer.  Families can enjoy the many trails and activities put on by the National Trust.  For those seeking rare breeds, a visit to Dunwich Heath may secure you a glimpse of a Stone Curlew.  Once common in the UK, the stone curlew is now on the BTO’s amber list of ‘Birds of Conservation Concern’ but the acid grassland of Dunwich Heath is a perfect habitat for these ground-nesting birds.

Further down the Suffolk Coast is another site of importance for nature conservation, National Trust Orford Ness.  This shingle spit, accessible by boat from Orford Quay, is a creation of longshore drift and is linked to the mainland at Aldeburgh and stretches along the coast to Shingle Street.  Together with Havergate Island, Orford Ness is a designated National Nature Reserve.  The vegetated shingle habitat found here is rare and very easily damaged.  The ‘Ness’ is home to many species of mammals, butterflies and birds including Chinese water deer, hares, marsh harriers, barn owls and peregrine falcons.

But you don’t have to visit a designated nature reserve to enjoy the great outdoors in Suffolk, just pull on your walking boots, grab your binoculars and head for one of the many popular walking routes.  You can find out more about walking holidays in Suffolk here.

Protecting and preserving this glorious coastline is essential in sustaining the wildlife it welcomes and local conservationist Kate Osborne is making this fun for everyone with ‘Beach Bonkers’.  Discover the treasures of our shingle beaches on one of her enthralling beach combing walks or events.  

Another local couple doing their bit for the wildlife of Suffolk is Alan and Christine Collett, founders of Aldeburgh’s Amazing Swifts.  Their quest is to encourage the endangered Common Swift back to Aldeburgh by working with and educating the local community to install nesting boxes and raise awareness of the plight of the Common Swift. 

By booking a holiday with Suffolk Secrets you’re doing your bit to nurture the Suffolk Coast too.  Our Suffolk Secrets Fund, managed by Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB has supported local environmental projects including ‘Beach Bonkers’ and ‘Aldeburgh’s Amazing Swifts’ with funding of over £20,000 in 2017 and 2018, thanks to the £1 donations from our customers. 



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Chediston, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

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£405 - £710
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From £304 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
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  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 2 miles

Eye, The Suffolk Countryside

OSH

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£940
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From £705 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A beautiful green oak beamed barn conversion with large 4 seater hot tub, perfect for a romantic break, for ramblers, and for cyclists exploring both Suffolk and Norfolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Open fire or woodburner

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

SFKCS

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£445 - £625
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From £334 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Welcome to Kakapo Lodge! This holiday home has been lovingly converted from an outbuilding to a gorgeous self-catering property which serves as a truly romantic getaway for two.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 1.4 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
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All Saints South Elmham, The Suffolk Countryside

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£410 - £725
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From £308 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
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  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Games room
  • Pub 1 mile
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Woodbridge, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

4KM

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£345 - £635
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From £259 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
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  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Blythburgh, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

SFRSB

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£440 - £585
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From £330 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A fantastic hideaway for 2, with year-round usage of the indoor pool, gym and table tennis. Guests will enjoy the many delights of the area, including brilliant views, walks and the sandy shores of Southwold.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pub 1.6 miles
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Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

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£395 - £675
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From £296 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
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  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 6 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
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Bramfield, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

BBB

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£405 - £660
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From £304 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
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  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Tennis court
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Open fire or woodburner

Kelsale, Suffolk Coast and Heaths

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£450 - £695
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From £338 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A charming ground floor cottage, beautifully furnished to make a homely and welcoming couples abode. Ideally situated just off the A12.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

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£485 - £830
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From £364 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
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  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Thrandeston, The Suffolk Countryside

POPP

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£430 - £670
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From £323 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
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  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 2 miles

Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

ESC

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£400 - £710
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From £300 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Situated in the much-loved town of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, Escape is a fantastic self-catering apartment ideal for couples looking for a romantic holiday.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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