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.

SUffolk's Big Five

GIFT VOUCHERS

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.

Steve Piotrowski at ringing demonstartion

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 "Granty"

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.

Steve birding

Froize Inn Events

For further details of all the Froize Inn events and to book, please phone David at the Froize Inn on 01394 450282.

Chiffchaff
Wed 25 March 2020

Spring Awakening

(£35 including masterclass & lunch)

An 8.00am meet at the Froize  will begin with tea / coffee and an introductory chat followed by a masterclass searching for the birds present in late March - a mix of late wintering birds and early spring migrants. Our trip together will finish at 1 pm with a scrumptious lunch back at The Froize Inn where we can relax, enjoy our meal and discuss our morning’s sightings.

To book, phone David at the Froize Inn on 01394 450282

Chiffchaff, hedera_baltica, CC-BY-SA-2

Nightingale singing
Wed 29 April 2020

Nightingale Extravaganza

(£35 including masterclass & lunch)

An 8.00am meet at the Froize  will begin with tea / coffee and an introductory chat followed by a masterclass searching for Nightingales and other birds we come across. Our trip together will finish at 1 pm with a scrumptious lunch back at The Froize Inn where we can relax, enjoy our meal and discuss our morning’s sightings.

To book, phone David at the Froize Inn on 01394 450282

Nightingale, Rod Zweers, CC-BY-ND-2

Stonechat
Wed 27 May 2020

Heathland Safari

(£35 including masterclass & lunch)

An 8.00am meet at the Froize  will begin with tea / coffee and an introductory chat followed by a masterclass searching for the wide variety of birds and other wildlife that make their home in heathland. Our trip together will finish at 1 pm with a scrumptious lunch back at The Froize Inn where we can relax, enjoy our meal and discuss our morning’s sightings.

To book, phone David at the Froize Inn on 01394 450282

Stonechat, Tom Lee, CC-BY-ND-2

Nightjar
Wed 25 June 2020

Breathtaking Nightjars

(£35 including masterclass & dinner)

A 7.00pm meet for a delicious dinner at the Froize and an introductory chat followed by a masterclass searching for the mysterious nocturnal Nightjar and other night birds from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. 

To book, phone David at the Froize Inn on 01394 450282

Nightjar, Joxerra Aihartza, Free Art Licence

Eels Foot Events

Bird walk followed full English breakfast at Eels Foot Inn.  All walks start from Eels Foot car park at 6.30 a.m. £35/person. For details of available dates, please contact the Eels Foot Inn direct.