Outdoor Activities

Suffolk is an excellent county to find and watch wildlife.

Avocets, snipe, redshanks and black-tailed godwits inhabit the estuaries, whilst at Carlton Marshes and in the marshes south of Walberswick you'll often see marsh harriers, bearded tits, or even a water vole. If you are very lucky you may see a bittern, and in May almost certainly hear their boom. Don't be surprised if you see one of our resident red deer in the marshes.

If you go swimming off the coast at Southwold or Aldeburgh you'll often have common terns flying above you. Common seals are often seen bobbing in the surf off the coast.

Darsham Marshes, east of the A12 near Yoxford is home to otters, whilst at Sutton Common and Hollesley Heath, just east of Woodbridge, you can hear and, if you are lucky, see nightjars, long-eared bats and woodlark. The yaffle of a green woodpecker is never far away.

At Cavenham Heath, south of Mildenhall, watch racing hares, listen to skylarks and occasionally see a little owl. In the many woods of Suffolk be wary of seeing roe deer, fallow deer or muntjac step out ahead of you and cross your path.  

At Brandon Country Park see crossbills and at various woods see hawfinches, nuthatches, tree creeepers, goldcrests and firecrests.