Bird watching in Suffolk

Suffolk Coastal birdwatching adventures.

The Suffolk coastal region offers some of the very best birdwatching around.

We are blessed here in Suffolk with 31 RSPB reserves, many of which are in the Suffolk coastal region, just a short drive from us here at Woodfarm Barns.

As urban sprawl continues its seemingly unending march across England it’s delightful to know that there are still many untouched natural gems here in Suffolk.

Whether you’re an old hand at birdwatching or a beginner, a Suffolk coastal visit has much to offer you all.

Great White Egrets, Snow Buntings, Caspian Gulls, Barnacle Geese, Spotted Redshank and Black Redstarts are just a few of the rich and varied birds that can be spotted in the Suffolk coastal region.

The RSPB do a fantastic job protecting our local birdlife and providing reserves which make for fantastic days out for all the family. A map of these can be found here.

Fancy a day watching marsh harriers sky-dancing over the reed-beds? Viewing sand martins skimming overhead? Listening to warblers and nightingales singing their beautiful tunes? Then why not pay one of our Suffolk coastal bird reserves a visit?

RSPB Minsmere is the top of many people’s lists when it comes to birdwatching in Suffolk. It is so much more than just a Nature Reserve, it’s a great day out for the entire family.

Children will love the Wild Zone, complete with den building, child-sized sand martin tunnels and a willow-woven nest.

There’s a Discovery Centre and a Visitor Centre which provide in-depth information on the natural resources in the area. Families can also borrow an Explorer Backpack for self-guided wildlife discovery. These packs contain binoculars, a bugbox and a wildlife checklist. Great fun!
Minsmere may be the premier birdwatching destination in the Suffolk coastal region but there are many more reserves also well worth a visit, including:

Dingle Marshes

North Warren

Havergate Island


Boyton & Hollesley Marshes. 

Located just a short drive from all of the locations mentioned above, Woodfarm Barns offers an excellent ‘jumping off point’ for your birdwatching adventures. Why not come and stay in a luxury holiday cottage? We get some beautiful birds visiting us here too!

(Main photo above – Sanderlings by Jonners)

You can check our availability here.

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

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Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

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Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

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Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

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Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

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Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

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Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

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