Trish's Springwatch Returns to Suffolk

The countryside is buzzing with warm spring days, birds are singing and  fledglings in the nests in our part of rural Suffolk, close to Minsmere and the Heritage Coast.

There are many  Suffolk Wildlife Trust sites, and more places to visit managed by the National Trust and English Heritage. Quiet special places with abundant wildlife and ‘just soak up the countryside’, around our unspoilt country lanes and footpaths, and so many areas along the coast offering beautiful views, heritage and cultural places to visit.

I made a short journey last week around Shingle Street, walking to the Martello Tower, then drove through Alderton to Bawdsey on the River Deben and The Boathouse Café for tea!, and just opposite catch the boat to Felixstowe Ferry which reminded me of these unspoilt charming places I had not visited for a while. The AONB covers a wide area. More familiar to me is bluebells at Vicarage Grove and Sparnbrook Lane with its flush of Spring flowers in Wenhaston. Good to go south and see ‘new’ places for me.

For July and August stay on a working farm with a Field Centre,  and become a wildlife detective joining a guided environmental walk,  and see the open landscapes of the Alde Valley, part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This is a remarkably quiet place given it is close to London, two and a half hours drive!

When you have satiated yourselves on the countryside there is easy access to the unspoilt towns of Aldeburgh and Orford, and cultural events throughout summer at Snape Maltings.

Photographs courtesy of Paul Sawer.