East Coast Safaris

Led by local birders Steve Piotrowski and/or John Grant

East Coast Safaris invites you to join us for an early morning and/or full or half- day’s birding on the Suffolk Coast. We are fortunate in having an almost unbroken chain of nature reserves, which includes some magnificent habitats, stretching along the coast from Kessingland in the north to Landguard Point in the south. A range of sites will be visited, depending on weather and information gathered on birds around, so be prepared for a flexible itinerary. Strong northerly winds often produce visible offshore passage, so sea-watching may also be on the cards. Skuas, shearwaters and even petrels are regularly reported particularly during autumn passage periods.

Subject to availability of guides, we can offer Coastal Safaris during any season. We are also able to offer a fully-customised guiding service throughout the year to suit your personal needs and requirements. We will give you a price on application, based on your exact requirements.

Collection from your guest house/hotel can be arranged. Bring a picnic lunch on the day or we can combine your East Coast Safari with breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at some of Suffolk’s most highly-rated eating establishments such as The Eels Foot Inn, Eastbridge and The Froize Inn, Chillesford. East Coast Safaris can also recommend suitable hotels for overnight accommodation.

Entrance fees to any nature reserves visited are additional to your East Coast Safari fee. Please note that due to possible last-minute cancellations, booking for these tours requires full payment in advance either by bank transfer or by cheque.

Suffolk’s big five

One of our aims is to hear and possibly see Suffolk’s big five: Barn Owl, Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and Avocet.

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An East Coast Safari makes a perfect present for someone with an interest in birds and nature in general. We can supply a Gift Voucher with a card for Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement presents, etc.

To purchase a Gift Voucher, please use our contact page.

Your Guides

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Steve Piotrowski has been birdwatching for over 50 years, is the author of The Birds of Suffolk and the founder and President of Landguard Bird Observatory. He runs Bird ID Courses and workshops for BTO, Field Studies Council and National Trust.


John Grant (fondly known as Granty) is originally from Hampshire, but is Suffolk’s adopted son, having been an active birder here since 1974. He is the current President of Suffolk Bird Group and specialises in sea-watching and gull identification.

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