Phone: 01394 445225 | Email: schaonb@suffolk.gov.uk

About the AONB

Map of East Anglia

The Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a distinctive area of legally protected countryside, towns and villages in east Suffolk. 

The area was designated in 1970 with the purpose of conserving and enhancing the protected landscape. A beautiful stretch of the Suffolk coast, from Kessingland in the north, to the River Stour Estuary in North Essex in the south.

Wildlife rich estuaries, shingle beaches and heathland characterise the area, together with important agriculture and forestry land and picture-postcard coastal towns.

Tourism is the foremost economy with visitors attracted by the authenticity of the area, its amazing environment, quality accommodation and local food and drink. It’s cherished for its relatively undeveloped, tranquil landscape and stunning natural and cultural history.

How do I know if I am in the AONB?

To find out if an address is within the AONB you can use either:

  1. Google Mapsthe AONB is shown as a pale green area.
  2. Magic Maps you can use our quick guide (PDF) on finding out if a place is within the AONB on Magic maps.
Sandlings Heath heathland

What We Do

Group of people at the 2019 Stour & Orwell Forum

How We Work

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Designation and Purpose
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Boundary Review
AONB Team forming a heart shape
The AONB Team
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Partnership Members and the NAAONB
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