Spring isn’t far off, and it’s one of the best times of year to visit the lovely county of Suffolk. With the trees turning green, flowers in bloom and the wildlife out and about in the countryside, there is so much to see and do.
When staying at our holiday parks in Suffolk, we recommend you take in the abundance of stunning wildlife and visit some of the most varied landscapes in England.
The pools at Lackford Lakes are the perfect place for spotting kingfishers, as the pools are perfect hunting ground for the flashy blue bird. There is a Kingfisher Trail with five hides along the way where you can see the birds do some fishing.
In Suffolk, otters are having a resurgence in numbers. As wetlands and their habitats are restored, the otters are prospering along the rivers, estuaries and streams. One of the best spots for seeing the animal is at Minsmere Nature Reserve’s Island Mere hide, where you can see them in the reed beds looking for food.
In a post last year, we noted that Suffolk is one of the last places in the UK where you can see native bluebells. Take a walk along woodland paths and through wild flower meadows to see the beautiful blue carpets, and butterflies floating by. The woodlands are also home to badgers, common lizards and snakes!
There are small herds of common and grey seals off the coast of Suffolk near Walberswick and Southwold, which are part of the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve. The seals can be seen from boats feasting on fish or doing another popular seal activity of basking in the sun on sandy beaches. Later in the year is perfect for seeing pupping season too!
Along the Suffolk coast at Dunwich Heath, the heather and gorse may make the scenery seem lacking in wildlife, but listen out for the Dartford warbler and you will also be able to see it pop out from the shrubbery. A popular bird in Suffolk, people come for miles to try to spot its red breast. During breeding season in spring, you will have better luck at seeing them as the males sing to attract females on top of the bushes.
North of Suffolk are the Broads that are home to many wading birds, but one of the best to try to spot is the bittern, as it is shy and hides among thick reed beds. The birds’ plumage is the perfect disguise too, but its booming call is what will make it easier to see. Other birds to watch for are cormorants, avocets and marsh harriers.
Though rutting season is around September to November, red deer are still a top wildlife attraction to see in Suffolk. Spring and summer time brings the baby calves, around May to July, and you can see the deer grazing at Minsmere Nature Reserve, which is home to one of the largest herds of wild red deer in the UK.
Image: Gilberto Pereira under Creative Commons.