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.
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.
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.
Wakelyn Bird Walks
Half day workshops led by Steve. The Wakelyns Bird Walks are designed for absolute beginners to more experienced bird watchers with a focus on garden and woodland birds and two dates in April and May are available. Lunch included. Further details here.
Bird Walk on 18 April 2021 (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Bird Walk on 22 May 2021 (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)
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.
Birding with Steve and Granty
The programme of workshops will be every second Thursday of each month as follows:
10th June ‘21 – What bird is that?? – Bird recognition by sound **
8th July ‘21 – Nightjars and night-dwellers (evening course)**
** Part of Froize in June (into July!)
12th Aug. ‘21 –Waders & wildfowl - on their autumn migration
9th Sept ‘21 – Off to distant lands - Identifying passerines (songbirds) as they pass through on route to Africa
14th Oct ’21 – Siberian Experience – searching for migrant birds from the Far East
11th Nov ’21 – Fieldfares and Redwings - Identification of winter thrushes and other immigrant birds
9th Dec ’21 – A Raptor special – search for birds of prey frequenting coastal estuaries
13th Jan ’22 – Going on a Wild Goose chase! – searching coastal marshes for gaggles of geese and other wildfowl
10th Feb ’22 – Winter Watching - Identifying those wintering birds
3rd Mar ’22 – Spring Awakening – watching and listening to birds as they get ready to nest