If your New Year’s resolution was to try something new and make a difference, then look no further than the many activities you can join in with within the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
From working with Suffolk Punch horses and becoming a coast warden, to surveying, conserving and accompanying tourists to your favourite Suffolk spots, there’s a way to get involved to suit everyone!
Become a Suffolk Coast Greeter
Are you passionate about your local area? Perhaps you enjoy walking along the many beaches and bridleways on The Suffolk Coast? Do you have an interest in the architecture and history of your town? Or maybe you know the best family-friendly days out and places to eat! Then why not become a Suffolk Coast Greeter!
Launched in 2015, the Suffolk Coast Greeters programme was set up to give a warm welcome to visitors, those who have recently moved to the area and those who are thinking about moving. The Greeters enjoy meeting people, talking to individuals and smalls groups, enjoy getting out and about around the Suffolk Coast and sharing their knowledge and passion for the area.
For more information, visit http://suffolkcoast.greeters.info
Become a Coast and Estuary Warden
If you love nothing more than popping on your walking boots and exploring, becoming a Coast and Estuary Warden is the ideal way for you to support the work of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and help conserve our beautiful coastline.
Wardens provide valuable on the ground support, helping identify any problems or issues they come across. Wardens are given training too, so it’s an ideal way to learn new skills.
For more information, visit http://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/volunteering/volunteering-learn-more/coast-and-estuary-wardens/
Join a Work Party
There’s a whole host of projects to get involved with: head to The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley and work on jobs conserving the home of Suffolk’s own breed of horses or join the Marine Conservation Society at various locations to help pick up litter and survey the coast.
Monitor footpaths and help with practical conservation activities at locations throughout the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, or head to the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale AONB, and join in with projects alongside knowledgeable volunteers.
Discover and help protect some of our rare birdlife with RSPB South Suffolk at Snape, Tunstall, and Havergate and get stuck in with practical conservation across the Suffolk Coast and Heaths with the Footprints group of East Suffolk Council.
For more information and for a full list of ‘Join In!’ opportunities, visit http://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/volunteering/