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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Beccles, Waveney Valley

BECC

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£436 - £591
per week
From £246 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Nestled in the heart of the popular market town of Beccles lies No 1. A cosy cottage ideal for any couple looking to enjoy all Suffolk has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 8 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

SFVIN

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£411 - £636
per week
From £317 for a 3-night stay
  • A first floor studio apartment, Vincent Studio offers views over fields towards Snape Maltings and the River Alde. Comfortable, with fresh, modern furnishings - this property lies near the coast and is perfect for two.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pub 0.8 miles

Ufford, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

HOCO

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£476 - £721
per week
From £366 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Hope Cottage is a charming cottage located in the popular village of Ufford. Offering a touch of luxury this is the ideal retreat for any couple.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

AAPEBB

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£346 - £731
per week
From £269 for a 3-night stay
  • Located on Southwold's high street, you couldn't be more central; shops, restaurants and the beach just minutes away. This former fishing cottage really is a home from home, it even comes with a shared garden to enjoy.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Woodbridge, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

PHW

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£1031 - £1681
per week
From £782 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Gold
  • A luxury top floor apartment which has been beautifully furnished and has the most spectacular views over the River Deben.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 16 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HFP

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£531 - £931
per week
From £407 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Half Pint is a modern ground floor apartment, furnished beautifully throughout. The location is quieter than the centre of Southwold yet the shops and pubs are easy accessed from here. The perfect getaway for two.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 0.25 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

MEWS

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£481 - £706
per week
From £370 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • An ideal apartment for a couple wishing for a quiet getaway yet within easy access of all that Southwold has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

WPL

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£521 - £866
per week
From £400 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • The Sail Loft is a fantastic self catering apartment located on the high street in Aldeburgh and only a stones throw from the beach.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
15% Off!

Middleton, Suffolk Coast and Heaths

ROSC

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£546 - £716
per week
From £419 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • Special offer15% off Half Term Holidays taken at this lovely Cottage
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles

All Saints South Elmham, Waveney Valley

OBP

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£431 - £736
per week
From £332 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A beautiful barn conversion set in the countryside, Partridge offers flexible accommodation for a couples retreat in South Elmham.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Games room
  • Pub 1 mile
20% Off!

Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

ABH

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£406 - £681
per week
From £314 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Special offer20% Off holidays taken between now and 1st November at this lovely little property near the sea
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.25 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

MED

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£626 - £1316
per week
From £479 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Platinum
  • If it’s high-end luxury accommodation you are looking for, for your next self catering holiday look no further than Mole End. Lovingly restored in 2019, this delightful one bedroom Victorian cottage is in idyllic location in the heart of Southwold.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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