The Suffolk Coast is absolutely teeming with flora and fauna.
That’s what draws so many people to the area. It’s the wide, open beaches, the beautiful countryside and it’s the chance to stand a while and breathe in that fresh sea air…
Try any of these and you’ll be in love with the Suffolk Coast. Hooked. Just counting down the days to your next visit...
1. RSPB Minsmere
One of the RSPB's flagship reserves, RSPB Minsmere is home to some of the UK's most rare and well-loved birds including the Avocet, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Nightingale.
Made up of woodland, wetland and coast; visitors can choose from a variety of walks taking in the scenery and wildlife, which changes throughout the year. During the summer, the reserve showcases a variety of wild flowers, birds and insects but visit during the autumn and you will be treated to one of nature's most spectacular scenes; the Red Deer Rut.
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2. Suffolk Wildlife Trust
The Suffolk Wildlife Trust has nature reserves all the way along the Suffolk Coast. In the north, at Gunton Meadow near Lowestoft, you will find a variety of grassland species, and in the ponds, the endangered gold-crested newt. Carlton from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Gunton Meadow at Lowestoft; some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places.
Slightly further south at Carlton & Oulton Marshes, you will find a plethora of waterlife along the many footpaths taking in the Angles Way along the River Waveney.
At the southernmost point of Suffolk, sits Trimley Marshes; with views across the Orwell estuary. The circular walk takes you around the 3400 acre estate past Felixstowe Port and Loomlit Lake:
3. Landguard Peninsula
The Landguard Peninsula sits at the southernmost point of Felixstowe and covers 33 hectares; incorporating the Landguard Nature Reserve and Landguard Fort. The reserve is home to rare plants and migrating birds amongst the vegetated shingle coast, with the stunning scenery accessible by foot and bicycle.A cycle ride will take you along Route 51 of the National Cycle Network where you can spot a number of wild flowers, and in the ponds, colourful dragon and damselflies.
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4. Blyth Valley Experience
The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!
Away from the market towns, be sure to stop by a few of the idyllic villages located along the River Blyth; Home to one of Suffolk's most intriguing buildings, the Old Chapel at Walpole is a 17th century farmhouse; transformed into a chapel by Dissenters, the building's ceiling is supported by a substantial ship's mast, and has been extended, now featuring galleries and box pews; constructed from recycled timber left after the it was extended. Just a few miles east of Halesworth sits the charming village of Holton; with the grade 2 listed Holton Mill - complete with white sails sitting amongst the wooded hillside. The perfect spots to explore on a summer's day walk.
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5. Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) stretches from the Stour estuary in the south, to Kessingland in the north, taking in shingle beaches, cliffs, marshes, estuaries, heathland forests and farm land.
The variety of habitats include reedbeds, ancient woodland, saltmarshes and sea and have inspired many artists, writers and musicians. A range of walks have been developed, enabling visitors to take in this outstanding landscape in any season!
Be sure to download these handy maps and guides for a memorable day taking in the flora and fauna of The Suffolk Coast:
6. Wild Adventures Under Suffolk’s Skies
The team at Wild Adventures Under Suffolk Skies like nothing better than to share their love of The Suffolk Coast. These are the best guides and photography tutors in the area. They’ll help you to explore the more remote locations as well as be with you as you discover the fascinating wildlife and soak up the awe-inspiring scenery.
Their enthusiasm and knowledge is unrivalled and can’t fail in bringing you closer to the very heart of the Suffolk Coast.Offering an exciting programme of photography days, walks and events; from early morning bird walks with breakfast, to late evening walks to spot Nightjars and bats at locations including Spane Warren and RSPB Havergate Island.
7. Wild Days Conservation Holidays
Offering a completely unique holiday experience, Wild Days Conservation provide wildlife conservation and research holidays on The Suffolk coast. These are holidays with a difference! You’ll work hard, probably get muddy but you’ll be doing a valuable job to help wildlife conservation.
Work for a week surveying animals, checking nest boxes and helping out with conservation jobs on The Suffolk Coast.
This is your chance to make a real difference. Behind the scenes experience where you get to work with wildlife experts and contribute fully to their work at some of The Suffolk Coast's most beautiful spots including RSPB Minsmere, National Trust Dunwich Heath, RSPB Havergate Island and Orford Ness.
8. Market Towns
The historic towns of Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Framlingham boast some of the area's most picturesque walking routes. In Bungay, walk from the Buttercross in the town centre to the castle ruins and along the river, stopping by the Earsham Street Café for a delicious sandwich and cup of coffee.
In Beccles, start your walk in the town centre and head south down Newgate towards the Quay where you can walk along the River Waveney and out across the marshes.
No trip to Framlingham is complete without a visit to the Castle, but afterwards, head to the Mere; a haven for wildlife and popular with walkers throughout the year.
9. Angels and Pinnacles
Although not strictly flora and fauna, a visit to any of the churches on The Suffolk Coast will bring you close to some stunning settings and glorious views.
Take time to explore Woodbridge St Mary, overlooking the beautiful River Deben with its exposed flintwork and battlements. Or All Saints church at Ramsholt, overlooking the estuary where, centuries ago, Richard III’s fleet would have moored.
And for a truly stunning setting you should visit Holy Trinity church at Blythburgh (just off the A12). Rising majestically out of the Blyth Estuary, the church is known to many as ‘The Cathedral of the Marshes’.
10. Beaches on The Suffolk Coast
For many this is the magnet that draws them back to The Suffolk Coast time and time again.
For some it’s the bucket and spade holiday at our delightful seaside resorts. For others it’s the wild remoteness of the beaches where nature is up close and personal.
We’re lucky enough to live just a stone’s throw from the beach. And we never tire of its changing moods, its big skies and that ever-so bracing, fresh sea air. Our beach guide has all you need to know to plan your day out amongst the flora and fauna of our beautiful coastline.