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Suffolk in Early Spring

Tour Code: GBR14

A weekend to enjoy the late winter and early spring birds of Walberswick marshes, Minsmere and the Suffolk coast The meeting point for this tour is the entrance to Saxmundham Train Station: 1300hrs. If driving, we suggest that clients drive directly to the tour hotel to meet the group shortly after 1300hrs. Clients are welcome to check in to The Wentworth Hotel, from 1200hrs on the first day of the tour.

3 days from £475(flights not included) Land Only Price: £395 SRS: £0

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Suffolk ranks among the best English counties for the variety of its birdlife and embraces several large coastal reserves where Bitterns, Marsh Harriers, Bearded Reedlings and Avocets feature among the long list of breeding species. These 3-day birdwatching breaks are based at a superbly appointed hotel overlooking the Blyth Estuary and from here our expert local guide will lead excursions to visit a variety of locations in coastal Suffolk including the world-famous Minsmere Reserve, Walberswick Marshes and the River Blyth. The birdlife will vary with changes in season but each outing is sure to produce interesting sightings and locally produced Suffolk cuisine at the hotel will ensure a tasty meal at the end of each day in the field.

  • Quality birdwatching amid picturesque Suffolk countryside
  • Enjoy Minsmere’s birds on one of Britain’s premier reserves, flagship of the RSPB
  • Explore Walberswick Marshes & Southwold
  • Marsh Harriers, Bitterns, Avocets, Bearded Reedlings & much more
  • Comfortable hotel, delightfully situated close to Blythburgh’s ancient church
  • Each season produces a different range of highlights
  • Learn from our Naturetrek tour leader, an expert local ornithologist


Breakfasts and evening meals included in holiday price, allow £5 - £10 per day for lunches.


Very comfortable hotel, each room with private facilities

Bearded Tit (Paul Marshall)

Bearded Tit (Paul Marshall)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1/2 Minsmere Bird Reserve; Walberswick; Heathland; Blyth Estuary

Day 3 Return to Darsham Station in the afternoon

This weekend of birdwatching is based in the charming seaside town of Southwold, from where, in the company of local expert Cliff Waller, we have a wide range of outstanding habitats to explore. At Walberswick, Minsmere and perhaps Benacre, we will look for such resident coastal species as Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Avocet and Bearded Tit. Whilst in the nearby Breckland we have a chance of seeing such rare and elusive breeding species as Goshawk, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Woodlark and Hawfinch. Indeed March, when they are either singing or displaying, is the best time of year to see these species. However, whilst spring is in the air for some, we are also likely to encounter lingering winter highlights such as flocks of wildfowl, a Hen Harrier or a Short-eared Owl. We even have a chance, depending on the weather, of a surprise or two: perhaps a Rough-legged Buzzard, Glaucous or Iceland Gull, Waxwing or Great Grey Shrike if the winter weather is hanging on, or an early spring migrant such as Purple Heron, Stone Curlew or Hoopoe if the spring is under way! So do join us in March, when we think that the mixture of wintering birds, breeding coastal residents, and rarer heath and woodland species makes a particularly appealing combination.

Avocets (John Stuart)Turnstones (John Stuart)Reed Bunting (John Stuart)Purple Sandpiper (John Stuart)Bittern (Caroline Robinson)Bearded Tit (John Stuart)
A.G., C.G. & K.C.
West Sussex
Loved the area - and as first time birdwatchers, it was a treat to learn about the variety of birds we saw. Fabulous group and beautiful countryside.
Cliff Waller was an excellent guide and exceptionally knowledgeable about the location and its wildlife.
The accommodation was excellent and the food.
Wentworth Hotel very pleasant and food excellent. Persistence paid off with good views of Firecrest and Bearded Reedling. Access to areas normally not open to the public was of great benefit.
Mr & Mrs R.
Entertaining guide. V. good food in the Wentworth Hotel. The knowledge, expertise and general competence shown by Cliff Waller were outstanding. I greatly enjoyed his leadership of the tour.
Cliff Waller's detailed knowledge of local reserves and habitats meant we were in the right place at the right time for a wonderful range of birds.
This is our second holiday with Naturetrek and we really enjoyed it. Cliff's local knowledge was very much appreciated - and, linked to Dan and Robin's excellent assistance and help, was a really good combination. The hotel was a very good choice - very comfortable and a great location. We'd choose to go back there. A really good holiday - thank you all.
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Fri 8th March 2019 - Sun 10th March 2019



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Loved the area - and as first time birdwatchers, it was a treat to learn about the variety of birds we saw. Fabulous group and beautiful countryside.
A.G., C.G. & K.C., West Sussex