The East Anglian county of Suffolk has much to offer the visiting entomologist and wildlife enthusiast. Bordering Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south, the eastern border is the North Sea. Suffolk’s coast and heaths is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which includes RSPB Minsmere—one of the finest reserves in the country.
Odonata in Suffolk include the Variable Damselfly and Norfolk Hawker, along with the recent colonists Small Red-eyed and Willow Emerald Damselflies. Whilst not particularly notable for its butterflies there are strong colonies of the declining Silver-studded Blue and the White Admiral. Silver-washed Fritillary and reintroduced Purple Emperor can also be found.
Suffolk has an outstanding moth list. Resident specialities include White-mantled and Fenn’s Wainscots which can be found in the coastal reedbeds in late summer, as well as Reed Dagger and a wide variety of reedbed and marshland species typical of East Anglia. Northern Drab, Ground Lackey and the demuthi subspecies of the Sandhill Rustic all occur on the saltings. In recent years Suffolk has also proved its potential for attracting rare immigrant moths, including Three-humped Prominent, Beautiful Marbled and Crimson Speckled.
by Matthew Deans
Name: Bawdsey Hall
Location: Bawdsey, Suffolk
Type of accommodation: Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Address: Ferry Road, Bawdsey, Suffolk, IP12 3AS
Built in the eighteenth century as a hunting lodge for the Tollemache family, Bawdsey Hall is a hidden gem in a picturesque part of coastal Suffolk on the Bawdsey Peninsula. The Hall now offers luxury accommodation for wildlife enthusiasts on a bed and breakfast basis.
The King-sized rooms are all south facing, overlooking the wildlife-friendly and well-vegetated grounds. Rooms have their own private facilities and are luxuriously decorated. A full English or continental breakfast is served with flexible timings to accommodate your wildlife observations.
It is possible to watch badgers from the bed and breakfast rooms on their nightly visits to the Hall’s feeding station. In addition to this spectacle, the rooms are equipped with CCTV cameras streaming live wildlife images of the season. Spring and summer provides images of nesting birds (2014 provided Little Owls, Swifts, Swallows and tits). Autumn and winter Yellow-necked Mice and other rodents are on view together with whatever wildlife we can find to show you!
Five hides around the grounds provide endless photographic opportunities with expert advice on hand from Hall-owner and wildlife photographer David Hermon. Moth-traps are situated within the grounds and guests are welcome on the daily checks of these with Matthew Deans. There is also plenty of room to run your own moth-traps. Another activity undertaken is bird ringing and demonstrations can be arranged.
The Hall’s guestbook is full of compliments with many guests making a return visit. Come and visit Bawdsey Hall for a most memorable and enjoyable break.
Proprietor: Rosie Stoodley and David Hermon