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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Debenham, The Suffolk Countryside

27GBL

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£396 - £651
per week
From £306 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Flint Cottage has been lovingly restored by the owner and offers boutique style interiors with plenty of quirky features throughout. Located in the heart of Debenham, a popular Suffolk countryside village, it is the perfect retreat for any couple.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

AL105

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£361 - £626
per week
From £280 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A first floor flat with a fantastic balcony all with walking distance on the high street and sea front.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 1 mile

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

9TTS

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£441 - £631
per week
From £340 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Lovingly furnished and surrounded by beautiful gardens, The Annexe is the perfect bolt hole for any couple looking to explore the popular village of Snape and beyond.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Parham, The Suffolk Countryside

GDNV

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£336 - £606
per week
From £261 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Garden View is a lovely first floor apartment in the village of Parham. Situated within Parham Hall the accommodation would make a lovely couples retreat to Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Tennis court
  • Pub 5 miles

Wangford, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HFW

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£331 - £596
per week
From £257 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • The Workshop is part of Hillside Farm Barns in Wangford. Southwold is located just a ten minute drive away and The Workshop offers good accommodation all on the ground floor.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 1 mile

Iken, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

IBG

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£351 - £706
per week
From £272 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Greenacres offers spacious accommodation ideal for a couple wishing to relax and explore this exceptional area around the Suffolk Heritage Coast.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 2 miles

Mendham, Norfolk Countryside & Villages

KLN

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£366 - £596
per week
From £267 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A cosy cottage perfect for two! The Kiln is located in the village of Mendham close by to the Suffolk/Norfolk border with plenty to explore from the doorstep.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 1.2 miles

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

SFKCS

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£481 - £661
per week
From £370 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 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 1.4 miles

Kelsale, Suffolk Coast and Heaths

VCOT

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£486 - £731
per week
From £374 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
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Saxlingham Thorpe, The Suffolk Countryside

1036

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£326 - £556
per week
From £254 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Elmers Barn is a recently renovated and refurbished barn, in peaceful surroundings.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 20 miles

Henstead, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

BARR

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£351 - £616
per week
From £272 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Beautifully renovated Grade II listed cottage in the village of Henstead, just seven miles from the seaside town of Southwold. 1 Barracks Cottages is in a tranquil setting, perfect for a quiet retreat.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 3 miles

Woodbridge, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

RTV

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£346 - £606
per week
From £269 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Roof Top View is a cosy second floor apartment offering fantastic views across the market town of Woodbridge.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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