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Estuaries & Coast

The low lying landscape of Suffolk's five estuaries allows for beautiful views across salt and grazing marsh, through the mudflats and out to sea. These valuable habitats are internationally important for migratory birds and support a host of other wildlife.

Though separated only by a few miles, the diversity of the estuaries is something to behold. The estuaries hold many treasures and have significant community support. This is epitomised in the estuary partnerships.

Landscape view of river

The Deben Estuary Partnership

The Deben Estuary Partnership mission is to safeguard the Deben estuary from degradation by creating management partnerships of all of interested parties including local community and working together to allow future generations to benefit.

Birds on the River Ore

The Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership

The Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership (AOEP) was formed in May 2012 with a membership representing parishes and local interests. The AOEP take on the responsibility for managing a sustainable future for river defences in the estuary.

Path by the River Blyth

The Blyth Estuary Partnership

The Blyth estuary is 4 miles long, starting at Blythburgh and finishing at Southwold Harbour. The conservation of the Blyth and it's traditions is the intention of the Blyth Estuary Partnership.

RSPB Stour Estuary reserve

The Stour & Orwell Estuaries Management Group

The Stour & Orwell Estuaries Management Group has been operating since the 1990s to promote the sustainable management and use of the estuaries to conserve landscape and wildlife.