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Sharing our Coast & Heaths

The Coast & Heaths AONB is a tremendous place for wildlife with many places recognised for their importance for wildlife on a local, national, European and global scale.

Even when going out locally, it is best to get the latest information about where and when you can go. For example, your rights to go onto some areas of heathland or coastal access land may be restricted in particular places at particular times.

Keeping to marked paths can avoid the unintentional trampling of important habitats and disturbance of nesting, resting or feeding birds.

Bird Aware Essex Coast covers the Essex part of the Stour Estuary and its aim is to help people enjoy the coast without disturbing the thousands of birds that breed and feed here.  

The Stour Estuary contains mudflats and saltmarsh which are internationally important for wildlife including thousands of waders and wildfowl. These birds need to feed and rest undisturbed so that they can survive the winter and build up enough energy to fly back to their summer habitats. Their survival relies on everyone helping to prevent bird disturbance. 

The project engages with visitors and communities along the coast to help people learn about the different species of bird and understand the impact of bird disturbance.

The Suffolk Coast RAMS Project (Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy) looks to reduce the impact of increased recreation on the most important wildlife areas within Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. The project which will pay for staffing, education and work at sensitive sites, to help, minimise the increased impact, or develop new access routes. 

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