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Aldeburgh's Amazing Swifts!

Aldeburgh’s historic roofs offer the perfect nesting sites for Swifts. These endangered birds usually return to their place of birth with adults occupying the same nest every year. Juvenile birds reserve nest sites for the following year when they return from their 7,500 mile journey from Africa, undertaken without landing.  With its surrounding marshland, the town also offers the prospect of an abundant supply of insects which is vital to the birds’ survival.  


However, modern building techniques have reduced the number of natural nesting holes in roofs and so the Aldeburgh's Amazing Swifts project launched their Swift Conservation project in May 2017 with the aim to install special nest boxes around the town. The project has had a fantastic response from residents and businesses with over 80 boxes now installed on properties throughout the town.

The project was also awarded some funding from the Suffolk Secrets/AONB fund which facilitated the installation of nest boxes and a camera system in the Parish Church, in the hope that live footage of nesting Swifts in the years to come will be captured on film, to accompany footage of the Jackdaws that live on the other side of the Belfry and who successfully reared two young.

This summer the Aldeburgh's Amazing Swifts project has also been caring for a number of young Swifts who left their nests too early and were found by local residents. Unable to take off from the ground, Swifts sometimes need some specialist care to get them fully fit to fly.  A Swift that was rescued last year formed the storyline for the children’s book called Storm which inspires children and parents to want to help save this amazing bird. To get your hands on a copy, visit Aldeburgh Book Shop and make a donation of just £1!

For more information on the 'Aldeburgh's Amazing Swifts' conservation project, visit https://aldeburghsamazingswifts.co.uk/

To plan your visit to Aldeburgh, take a look at our Aldeburgh Town Guide!


Things to see and do

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema offers the very best in world and mainstream cinema. At the heart of the local community since 1919 and home of the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival, Aldeburgh Cinema is a local treasure.

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Free wifi

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Aldeburgh - Visitor Information

Aldeburgh - Visitor Information

Tourist Information is available at Aldeburgh Cinema.

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Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire

Join Bawdsey Hall Wildlife Watching, Photography Workshops and Hide Hire at their private nature reserve at Bawdsey Hall on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. 

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Events

Birds of Prey Display! &  The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Troupe

Birds of Prey Display! & The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Troupe

Kessingland | Sat 30th Jun - Sun 09th Sep 2018

Watch and learn all about the magnificent birds of prey.

Plus, back by popular demand, the fantastic dancers of The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Troupe will get you up on your feet! Don’t miss them LIVE in the park.

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Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival 2018

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival 2018

Snape |

Tickets are now on sale for Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2018, which is taking place over the weekend of 28th, 29th, and 30th September.

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Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

Aldeburgh |

Poetry in Aldeburgh is delighted to announce their 2018 festival will take place on the weekend of 2nd - 4th November and feature readings, workshops, films, and more!

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Bird Ringing Demonstrations

Bird Ringing Demonstrations

Dunwich |

A special opportunity for a close up look at some of the birds which make their homes here at Dunwich Heath.

Join ringers from Waveney Bird Club who will be on site ringing some of the birds every Tuesday 8am - 12pm until November ...weather permitting!

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WHERE TO EAT

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop 

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

Traditional family run fish and chip shop since 1967, offering Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Scampi and more with chips made from locally sourced potatoes. Located a short walk from the beach to enjoy fish and chips 'The Aldeburgh Way'.

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