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.
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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
After the hurricane - Improving small island resilience and self-sufficiency in habitat monitoring and management in the UKOTS
Clearing up: Credit Louise Soames Blog by Lyndon John (RSPB) and Louise Soames The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season dealt devastating blows to the Caribbean region, particularly for the Caribbean UKOTs. The islands of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands.....Posted 20/06/2019 by Heather Mitchell
Victory for Harapan Rainforest
Beautiful Hutan Harapan forest is a precious remnant of the rainforest that once covered much of Sumatra (Photo: RSPB-images/Steve Roland) Hutan Harapan is one of the last remaining areas of dry lowland Sumatran forest and is among the most th...(r...Posted 12/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
Rila Mountains: The Final Piece in Bulgaria's Protected Area Network for Birds
Daniel Pullan, our International Casework Manager writes: I was thrilled last week when my Bulgarian colleague Irina Mateeva told me that the Bulgarian Government had designated the last part of the Rila Mountains as a Special Protection Area. This a...Posted 04/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
A net gain for nature
How can built development leave the natural environment in a better shape than it was before? This is the question at the heart of Defra’s recent consultation on ‘biodiversity net gain’. We know from the State of Nature 2016 report ...(read more)Posted 01/03/2019 by Simon Marsh