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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Shingle Street, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

SFOXL

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£1370 - £2250
per week
From £1,028 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Outdoor pool, games barn, views of the sea, pet friendly.  Perfect for families and friends The Owls at Oxley can be found in Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast. 
  • 12 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Games room
  • Pub 0.9 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

AA3CEN

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£1530 - £5075
per week
From £1,148 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • In an unrivalled position and with spectacular sea views - be the envy of your friends with a stay at 3 Centre Cliff in Southwold. Large lawn at the front, off-street parking and private balcony included.
  • 12 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Orford, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

GHO

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£3186 - £5200
per week
From £2,390 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Games room
  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

AASAMO

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£1440 - £3170
per week
From £1,080 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A house that really does keep on giving! A perfect house for multi-generational families or friends, all within a short walk of the sea.
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Thorpeness, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

AB7S

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£915 - £2295
per week
From £686 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • The perfect Thorpeness holiday home for families and large groups! This spacious and beautifully appointed property is in a quiet spot close by to the stunning Meare and beach.
  • 12 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.3 miles

Knodishall, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

BIL

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£1150 - £2650
per week
From £863 for a 3-night stay
  • Billeaford Barn is a beautifully presented property made up of two barns accommodating up to 12 guests making the ideal group getaway near the Suffolk coast.
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Tennis court
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner
10% Off!

All Saints South Elmham, The Suffolk Countryside

OBO

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£1495 - £2715
per week
From £1,121 for a 3-night stay
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 4 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Games room
  • Pub 1 mile
10% Off!

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

STED

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£1570 - £3170
per week
From £1,178 for a 3-night stay
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Thorpeness, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

SFALE

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£2505 - £3805
per week
From £1,879 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A traditional farmhouse, situated in the heart of the charming coastal village of Thorpeness. One of the oldest buildings in the village, Alexander House dates back to the 16th century, beautifully restored in 2014.
  • 13 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Open fire or woodburner

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

MARR

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£970 - £2650
per week
From £728 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Marram House is a large detached property situated along Pier Avenue in Southwold. It has a large rear garden with views across the marshes. Popular amongst families, the beach and shops are very close by.
  • 13 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
10% Off!

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

TLIN

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£2530 - £4750
per week
From £1,898 for a 3-night stay
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 13 Guests
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
10% Off!

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

CVIL

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£2599 - £5295
per week
From £1,949 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Gold
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 14 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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