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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Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

G51

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£395 - £615
per week
From £296 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • The Stables is an attractive spacious single storey holiday cottage in Snape.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.4 miles

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

G79

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£385 - £610
per week
From £289 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • The perfect couples self catering holiday cottage situated near to the village of Snape.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.4 miles
10% Off!

Reydon, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

ARK

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£280 - £620
per week
From £210 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offerLate summer availability - 10% off remaining stays up to 31st August
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles
10% Off!

Wickham Market, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

WLC

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£280 - £460
per week
From £210 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 1.5 miles
10% Off!

Woodbridge, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

JSM

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£335 - £635
per week
From £251 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offerSpecial Offer: 10% off all bookings until September - please note this is due to there being no access to the rear garden due to an exciting new project.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • No Private Parking
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

2COASC

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£375 - £650
per week
From £281 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A cosy and homely apartment on the edge of the Aldeburgh High Street. With the benefit of ground floor accommodation throughout and a private parking space - you can reach all the amenities on foot within 5 minutes.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

G81

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£385 - £600
per week
From £289 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • This character barn conversion sleeps two persons in a lovely location
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.4 miles
15% Off!

Friston, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

STAB

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£350 - £615
per week
From £263 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offer15% Off remaining dates in July & August at this lovely property
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • No WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Tennis court
  • Pub 2 miles
10% Off!

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

SFVIN

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£375 - £600
per week
From £281 for a 3-night stay
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pub 0.8 miles
10% Off!

Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

AL104

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£320 - £570
per week
From £240 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No Pets
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Beach 0.02 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
10% Off!

Wangford, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HFW

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£295 - £560
per week
From £221 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 1 mile
10% Off!

Wangford, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

HFS

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£295 - £560
per week
From £221 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offerLast minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet
  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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