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The Big 10: Discover Suffolk's Natural Autumn Wonders

Suffolk is a county full of natural wonders, from the annual red deer rut on The Suffolk Coast (arguably one of the most dramatic natural spectacles in Britain) to the expansive, sky-mirroring Lackford Lakes near Bury St Edmunds and den building in the Brecks. There are so many ways to be active in nature that it can be difficult to know where to start, which is why we take 10 of Suffolk’s Fab 40 Adventures to get you started this autumn. Discover these 10 activities to keep you busy in the great outdoors, earning certificates as you go:


1. Make a den

2. Bake a wild blackberry pie

3. Carve a pumpkin lantern and make soup too

4. Build a home for wildlife in your garden

5. Kick fallen leaves in the wood

6. Collect and roast sweet chestnuts

7. See and hear the clash of antlers

8. Capture the colours of autumn

9. Find all sorts of pine cones and make seasonal decorations

10. Eat an apple straight from the tree


Star activity: See & Hear the Clash of Antlers

Every October at RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk Coast, Britain’s largest herd of red deer enter a month-long battle… with each other. The red deer rut is a stunning natural spectacle in which the herd’s majestic stags lock horns in a bid to overpower their opponent, with the strongest stag winning the right to mate. Watch the deer from public footpaths or the viewing point on Westleton heath. Or head to the visitor centre at RSPB Minsmere for the best places to see and hear the clash of antlers and the stags’ bellows as this awe-inspiring natural event unfolds.
Red stag at RSPB Minsmere (c) Paul SawerAutumn is the time to see red deer rutting in Suffolk
Photo (c) Paul Sawer


You can download and complete the full Fab 40 Activity Sheet from And if you find yourself enchanted by one of Suffolk's natural wonders along the way, why not tell us all about it via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?