Simon's Blog: Wildlife on Holiday

I have recently returned to the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) after a family holiday in Scotland. It is great to be back in the familiar enjoying some of my favourite views and spotting a bit of wildlife in the nationally designated landscapes of Suffolk and Essex.

What struck me on holiday was the industry that is supported by wildlife and landscape in Scotland. There are many company’s offering tours and experiences. I was lucky enough to see an otter, pine marten and a Golden Eagle (or was it what is known as a ‘tourist’ eagle, aka a Buzzard?).

As recently reported in the EADT the amount of business done in two of East Anglia’s outstanding landscapes has grown again in 2017 according to the figures we have for the volume and value for tourism. This is great news and I am delighted that the AONBs have given so much enjoyment to visitors and residents.

While I was away I read of the problems experienced in Cornwall of visitors causing gridlock at popular spots. At the AONB team we support visitor activity designed to be as sustainable as possible. Encouraging recreation such as walking and riding. Promoting AONBs as great places to visit outside the peak season.

The AONBs offer so much for wildlife, tourism and residents. There are many organisations that do so much to ensure that the nationally designated landscapes remain the jewel in the crown of the British countryside. I suggest getting out there and enjoying the landscape and you may get a glimpse of that special wildlife, even if it is just a ‘tourist’ eagle.

This article first seen in the East Anglian Daily Times, 18 August 2018.

By Cathy Smith on August 16th, 2018

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