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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Alderton, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

SPHS

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£431 - £596
per week
From £332 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Spring House Studio is a beautifully converted outhouse which has been transformed into a calming and restful self-catering abode, so perfect for a couple looking to discover this varied county for a long weekend or a week!
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 1.8 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Chediston, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

NOK

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£441 - £746
per week
From £340 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A fantastic, well thought out barn conversion situated in the Suffolk countryside close to the coastline at Southwold.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 2 miles

Alderton, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

ACH

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£396 - £601
per week
From £306 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • The Coach House has been furnished to a high standard and is the perfect couples retreat.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

FV2

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£466 - £1011
per week
From £359 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Far View Two is a lovely first floor pet-friendly apartment with lovely views over Southwold Common - relax and enjoy this peaceful getaway.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Chediston, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

TWOS

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£451 - £781
per week
From £347 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Twosome is a sophisticated barn conversion in the village of Chediston therefore within easy reach of the Suffolk Coast.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 2 miles

Wangford, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HFS

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£331 - £596
per week
From £257 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • The Stables is part of Hillside Farm Barns in the village of Wangford, just a ten minute drive away from Southwold.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Tunstall, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

SFSLT

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£441 - £620
per week
From £340 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • This cosy, rural retreat sits on the edge of Tunstall Forest, making it ideally suited to those who love walking and bird watching. Only a ten minute drive from the coast, Scapa Lodge is perfect for a couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 3 miles

Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

TSD2

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£496 - £866
per week
From £381 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • The perfect couples getaway. The Sun Deck offers all you will need for a relaxing holiday by the sea.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Sewell Barn, Sutton

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Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

PFN

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£596 - £1141
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From £456 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Puffin Nest is a cosy first floor apartment and comes with a parking space! It would make the perfect setting for a couple's getaway being just minutes from Southwold High Street.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 0.25 miles
  • Pub 0.25 miles

Stoke by Nayland, The Suffolk Countryside

LOD3

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£716 - £1081
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From £446 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life? Look no further! Be transported into the heart of the countryside with beautiful views, luxurious accommodation and onsite facilities to allow you to truly unwind and relax.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Eye, The Suffolk Countryside

OSH

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£976
per week
From £741 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
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Hot tub
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 1 mile
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