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Woman and children in front of beach houses


A photo of two women and a boy collecting litter from Felixstowe Beach


Coastguard cottages at Dunwich Heath


Welcome to the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape

Welcome to National Landscapes – the new name for the UK’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape stretches from Kessingland in North Suffolk, down to the Stour Estuary in North Essex.

National Landscapes are the places where our stories come to life. The places that make us who we are. A living patchwork where outstanding beauty isn’t only found in nature, but in communities working together to grow and change and thrive.

Our mission is to protect and regenerate these special landscapes and to make sure everyone can enjoy them. Because there’s space for so many more stories to be told. The Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape was designated in 1970 and is cared for by a Partnership, a team, and the thousands of people who live in, work in and visit it.

AONBs become National Landscapes

From Wednesday 22nd November, all designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England and Wales are becoming National Landscapes.

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB has become the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape.

The new name reflects our national importance as well as the extension of the area into Essex and the Stour estuary in 2020.

New volunteering opportunities available

We are looking for volunteers to help with practical conservation work on Tuesdays and Friday from November 2023 – March 2024 after the new schedule for autumn and winter was published.

No previous experience is needed and tasks take place at a host of different locations across Suffolk and Essex. Examples of jobs and tasks include, habitat management and creation, biodiversity projects, tree and hedge planting and removing plastic tubes and guards from trees.

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