The Suffolk coast is home to open beaches, beautiful countryside and an abundance of wildlife. These features are what bring so many people back to the area time and time again. So if you are having a well-deserved break in one of the various holiday parks in Suffolk, here are the best places to take in the stunning scenery and spot some wildlife:
Minsmere is one of the Royal Society for the Protection of Bird’s flagship reserves. It is home to some of the rarest birds across Britain, including the Nightingale and the Bearded Tit. The reserve is made up of woodlands and coast to explore, with many different walking routes. Visit in Autumn to see a spectacular Red Deer rut. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of one of the otters in the wetlands!
There is plenty of family fun to be had at the reserve, with the chance for children to hire an explorer rucksack and binoculars, and learn some fun facts at the discovery centre. There is also a Wild Zone, featuring a play tree and a Wild Wood Adventure are, where kids can build a den or search for some minibeasts.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
The Suffolk coast is full of nature reserves owned by Suffolk Wildlife Trust from Carlton & Oulton Marshes in the South to Gunton Meadows in the North. The reserves boast a variety of different scenery including grasslands, ponds and lakes for visitors to explore. For an informative day, visitors can opt to take a guided tour around the reserves, on which visitors learn more about the habitats and the animals that call it home.
The Landguard Peninsula is home to both the Landguard Nature Reserve and Landguard Fort, and is located in the Southernmost point of Suffolk. Visitors are able to take in the stunning surroundings by means of foot or bicycle. The cycle route is part of the National Cycle Network and you will be able to spot an array of wild flowers and dragonflies. If you are on foot, you could take a stroll down the boardwalk and around the point to see beautiful views of the estuary.
Blyth Valley Experience
The Blyth river runs 17 miles from its source inland, twisting and turning through enchanted villages and market towns before finally meeting the sea. The valley boasts beautiful country walks and an abundance of nature trails, in which visitors can spot rare birds, rabbits and dragonflies. The trail features many quaint English pubs for a spot of lunch as well as an old 16th century farmhouse that has been converted into a chapel and become one of Suffolk’s most interesting buildings.
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