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

AL140

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£431 - £711
per week
From £332 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Featuring beams and with lots of character, Alde End is situated approximately 300 yards from Snape Maltings and the River Alde.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 6 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

FCF

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£386 - £546
per week
From £299 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Set on a working farm just outside Snape and minutes from the coast at Aldeburgh, The Forge has been converted from a traditional farm building to create a spacious romantic getaway for two.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

AATHEG

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£431 - £831
per week
From £332 for a 3-night stay
  • This hidden gem is located a stone's throw from Southwolds' high street. This little cottage will tick many of your boxes; it comes with parking, a private courtyard and has a modern furnishing throughout,
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Framlingham, Heart of Suffolk

BFS

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£426 - £486
per week
From £282 for a 3-night stay
  • The perfect alternative to a traditional Suffolk holiday cottage - stay at this gorgeous Shepherd Hut with all conveniences at hand for a relaxing break in the countryside! SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Bawdsey, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

HOK

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£291 - £531
per week
From £227 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Hollyhocks is a cosy character cottage which has been comfortably furnished to make a lovely little couples retreat in a picturesque setting.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.75 miles

Long Melford, The Suffolk Countryside

PKC

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£461 - £806
per week
From £355 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • A picture perfect holiday cottage nestled in the heart of Long Melford, Pink Cottage is a beautiful example of a romantic retreat for couples in the Suffolk countryside.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 3 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Framlingham, The Suffolk Countryside

BFCL

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£346 - £521
per week
From £269 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A lovely ground floor countryside retreat which is part of Boundary Farm, Cart Lodge provides easy open plan living for couples of all ages... SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

11BC

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£431 - £711
per week
From £332 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Located just five minutes walk from the popular North Warren Nature Reserve is Warren's Reach, a lovely ground floor holiday apartment just for two!
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.3 miles

The Mews

TMEWS

Saxmundham, Suffolk Coast and Heaths

PIT

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£341 - £586
per week
From £265 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Cosy, contemporary and modern, The Little Hopton has everything at hand for a romantic getaway or some quiet time in the county of Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.25 miles

Lowestoft, Suffolk Coast

AVC

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£561 - £716
per week
From £430 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Avocet, a beautifully furnished, 1 bedroom ground floor apartment. Perfectly positioned with the seafront only a stone's throw away.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

REST

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£561 - £1081
per week
From £430 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A French boutique-style self-catering cottage located in the coastal town of Southwold perfectly suited to couples who have a flair for seaside living.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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