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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Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

WINT

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£1336 - £3021
per week
From £1,011 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A sense of luxury in the heart of the coastal town of Aldeburgh - Winton Lodge oozes quality and beauty both outside and in...
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Walberswick, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HWTEAL

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£1111 - £2761
per week
From £842 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • Teal House is a stunning new house in the seaside village of Walberswick, sleeping 10 people in luxurious space and comfort.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Beach 0.4 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles

Sotterley, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HALEX

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£1666 - £3031
per week
From £1,259 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Gold
  • An truly outstanding barn conversion with inspirational contemporary style in a stunning rural setting close to Southwold.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 8 miles
  • Pub 1.6 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HJAMES

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£866 - £2186
per week
From £659 for a 3-night stay
  • A beautifully renovated and historic cottage, close to Southwold's iconic lighthouse.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

RMV

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£1366 - £3476
per week
From £1,034 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Directly next to the prominent local landmark of the 'Southwold Lighthouse' Room with a view is the ideal retreat for you next Southwold holiday.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Sternfield, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

SFRHB

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£1676 - £2406
per week
From £1,266 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • An undeniably outstanding barn conversion, comprised of three separate properties on one site. Featuring a large communal dining room for guests to enjoy at their leisure, as well as three top-range hot tubs.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Hot tub
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Pub 2.5 miles

Walberswick, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

1ANC

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£1766 - £3396
per week
From £1,334 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • This glorious newly renovated home, so close to the beach, is the perfect retreat for your next large family or group of friends gathering. Offering 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms this property has the real 'wow' factor.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Southwold, Suffolk

HWHIT2

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£1456 - £2931
per week
From £1,101 for a 3-night stay
  • This beautiful home with five bedroom is superbly located with views to the iconic Southwold Pier and sea.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Games room
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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Walberswick, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

LEV

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£1743 - £3451
per week
From £1,316 for a 3-night stay
  • Leveretts is the perfect location to fully experience this beautiful seaside village. Ideal for a large family or a group of friends, Leveretts brings together comfort, charm and sophistication.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.3 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Walberswick, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HFERIN

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£966 - £2346
per week
From £734 for a 3-night stay
  • Stylish seaside holiday home in the delightful seaside village of Walberswick on the Suffolk Coast and within a few minutes' walk of the beach...
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Halesworth, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

CFL

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£1261 - £2396
per week
From £955 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • This big, bold and beautiful holiday home with plenty of character, style and charm is nestled in the popular market town of Halesworth just a fifteen minute drive away from Southwold.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Pub 0.3 miles

Walberswick, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HLODG2

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£1176 - £2981
per week
From £891 for a 3-night stay
  • The Lodge is a spacious holiday home set in extensive gardens in the charming seaside village of Walberswick and ideal for a large family gathering.
  • 10 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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