The Suffolk Coast
The Suffolk Coast
The Suffolk Coast is one of the UK’s most diverse areas.
It's home to an incredible variety of wildlife thanks to the mix of coastal, wetland, heathland and woodland habitats. The wetlands are of international importance for wildlife and the dry Sandlings heaths are unique to this area.
The picturesque towns and villages are popular tourist destinations, surrounded by quiet areas where you can escape the crowds. Many organisations are working hard to keep the coast pristine for people and wildlife.
Explore the area
Find out what’s going on near this Futurescape, including places to visit, news and local events, plus how you can work or volunteer for us.
Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserves within this Futurescape are:
Situated between the Butley river and Ore estuary, Boyton Marshes attracts breeding wading birds in spring and ducks, geese and swans in winter. It's also great for watching owls, butterflies and dragonflies.
This small island in the River Ore is famous for its breeding avocets and terns, which can be seen throughout the spring and summer. Access is by boat only and the trip to the island helps you to feel like you're getting away from it all.
There's so much to see and hear at Minsmere: splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, rare birds breeding and calling in on their migrations and shy wildlife like otters. The booming call of bitterns can be heard in spring and beautiful bugs and colourful wild flowers are resplendent in the summer.
This delightful reserve contains grazing marshes, reedbeds, heathland and woodland. Thousands of ducks, swans and geese use the marshes in winter, while spring brings breeding bitterns, marsh harriers, woodlarks and nightingales.
Snape Warren is one of the few remaining areas of rare Sandlings heath on the Suffolk Coast. Formerly stretching continuously from Kessingland to Ipswich, this unique habitat is characterised by shallow sandy soils and a mix of heather and acid grass-type heath.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land on the Suffolk Coast. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
Saving special places
What will the new NPPF mean for places, people and nature?
On Tuesday the Government published a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. You can see our previous commentary on the draft version here , here and here . The NPPF sets out the Government’s planning policies for England...(read ...Posted 27/07/2018 by Steph
Save Lodge Hill: Thank you for your help, and next steps
Medway Council's latest consultation into their draft Local Plan, and in particular their plans to allocate large areas of land within and right next to Britain's best site for nightingales at Lodge Hill, is now closed (25 June 2018). Over...(read mo...Posted 26/06/2018 by Sara H
Fate of Coul Links now in the hands of Scottish Government URGENT call to action
Those of you following the campaign to Save Coul Links will know that we’re part of a group of conservation organisations fighting to stop proposals for a golf course on this triple protected wildlife site. Coul Links is one of the Scotland’s...(read...Posted 22/06/2018 by Andre Farrar
Updated - BTO confirm that Lodge Hill is the UK’s best site for breeding nightingales
Update: Posted 11.25am Monday 25 th June: We’ve updated our blog below to reflect our further analysis of BTO’s independent report since its release on Friday. It is useful to understand that where the BTO 's report refers to ‘Lodge...(read more)Posted 21/06/2018 by Sara H