Wild Days Conservation Holidays

A Unique Holiday Experience on The Suffolk Coast

A completely unique holiday experience is now available on The Suffolk Coast thanks to Wild Days Conservation, supported during its development by Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

A REPORT ON UK CONSERVATION HOLIDAYS was produced as part of this development, see information below.

Situated in and around Dunwich and Orford this autumn, the holidays offer people the chance to learn about local wildlife and habitats and contribute to conservation of the outstanding landscape of The Suffolk Coast. Led by Wild Days Conservation, the holidays are ideal for those who want to get stuck in and experience wildlife research and conservation at sites including RSPB Minsmere, RSPB Havergate Island, Orford Ness and National Trust’s Dunwich Heath.

Shortlisted in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s list of Top Wildlife Conservation Holidays, you will stay in comfortable accommodation in the heart of The Suffolk Coast countryside, whilst enjoying a range of delicious meals made from locally sourced produce, and dining experiences in some of our well-loved pubs and restaurants.

Working in a small group of 6-12 people, you will learn and work alongside local nature experts on a range of projects. The two holidays on offer include activities such as observing and surveying the impact of browsing the red deer rut at RSPB Minsmere, helping with coppicing and fencing plus surveying small animals and vertebrates at Dunwich Heath and clearing the beaches and scrub and studying the invertebrates that live in the muddy lagoons on RSPB Havergate Island and Orford Ness.

The development of these unique holidays has been funded by the Coastal Communities Fund as part of a wider project to provide a range of ‘Volunteer Tourism’ opportunities along The Suffolk Coast.

For more information on the holidays on offer this Autumn, visit the Wild Days Conservation website www.wilddaysconservation.org/holidays/suffolk or phone 01603 505731. 

UK Conservation Holidays - report

The findings of an initiative designed to develop positive eco-tourism in Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB in partnership with social enterprise Wild Days Conservation is that demand is growing. The model, tested in 2016, has potential for replication and scaling in other rural areas in the UK.  High quality UK Conservation Holidays, especially in the Suffolk coast, is a new initiative.  Holidays were found to support economic and conservation benefits in rural areas through their positive eco-tourism. 
Tony’s Experience, Dunwich: The holiday was more fun than I expected and this was in part down to the input of leaders and the way the group gelled together. I was looking for comfort and a good variety of work.

Outcomes include:
Increased visitor numbers and spend in rural areas;
Direct positive contribution to the work of local conservation organisations;
Deeper engagement with the area by visitors.

The report, produced by AKTA Partnership and released in Jan 2017, set out to review the current state of the UK Conservation Holidays market and what the future may look like. It includes a commentary on the potential future development and gains for protected areas and the local economy based on the opinions of those close to the market.

Download - UK Conservation Holidays - full report
Download - UK Conservation Holidays - summary

 

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