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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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
G7 Commentary - Nature compact success or failure?
For the first time the G7 has made a nature-positive commitment to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030. This is unprecedented. Never before we have seen nature prioritised in a way that recognises the importance of a healthy natural wor...Posted 14/06/2021 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
A big step for international whale conservation - sei whale Key Biodiversity Area in Falklands
By Michelle Winnard, Communications Officer, Falklands Conservation Sei whale by Caroline Weir, Falklands Conservation In a big step for international whale conservation, the Falkland Islands have been confirmed as a hotspot for a globally end...(re...Posted 12/05/2021 by Heather Mitchell
Rejecting aluminium from Ghana's Forests
As Ghana weighs economic benefits of mining bauxite for aluminum, multi-billion-dollar global companies support community groups calling for protection of critical forest. Natalie Hall, RSPB Senior Advisor for International Site Policy explains. Atew...Posted 03/02/2021 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
Taking ‘Favourable Conservation Status’ out of the ‘too difficult’ box
Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) is a concept enshrined in international, European and national nature protection laws. Head of Sites Conservation Policy, Kate Jennings explains the idea of identifying what good looks like for habitats and s...(r...Posted 13/02/2020 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers