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  • Blog Post: Springwatch returns - we're open as usual

    This morning we welcomed the local media to the Discovery Centre to meet the BBC Springwatch presenters - Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games - in advance of the show going on air from Monday. It was lovely to see a couple of families playing in the wild zone when the presenters...
  • Blog Post: Turning from blue to red

    After the excitement of Friday's red-spotted bluethroat, another rare visitor was found at Minsmere last night. Unlike the bluethroat, this time the bird stayed into a second day, allowing many visitors to see it - especially as it was first located after most of the staff had gone home yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Beautiful in blue

    There was great excitement at Minsmere yesterday with the discovery of a beautiful male bluethroat feeding along the edge of a reedbed pool close to the North Wall. Despite breeding in good numbers just across the North Sea in The Netherlands, bluethroats remain rare visitors in the UK. The last record...
  • Blog Post: A touch of colour

    I hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend, despite Sunday's rather wet weather - and this morning's! It looks like the April showers have arrived a little late this year - along with autumn gales in May, as once again the British weather bowls us a googly. I've just enjoyed a few...
  • Blog Post: Swiftly does it

    On Tuesday morning a message came over the radio that there were good numbers of swifts over the reedbed. I looked at the date on my watch and remarked "28th April. Right on cue." Over the years I have come to expect the mass arrival of swifts to occur within a day or two on 27 April. Yes,...
  • Blog Post: Let's all build a nest

    The breeding season is really getting underway now, with nests and displaying wildlife appearing throughout the reserve. One of the most popular species at this time of year is always our great crested grebes. If you are lucky you may spot their famous famous weed dance - though usually only snippets...
  • Blog Post: Lessons in woodland management

    Guest blog by Lucy Hickman, young wardens group member Saturday 21 February This month we learnt lots about trees and how the reserve wardens manage the forests. We learnt things like fallen down, old, rotted trees can often support more insect life in them than the healthy growing ones. We...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating World Wildlife Day

    Today, 3 March is the UN World Wildlife Day. In celebration, I thought I'd share a pictorial overview of some of Minsmere's amazing wildlife. Let's start with otters . Late winter and early spring is always the best time to see these popular mammals, and they put on a particularly impressive...
  • Blog Post: More Minsmere murmuration magic

    Yes folks - after a couple of months away from Minsmere, our starlings have returned! Since the middle of last week we've had about 10000 starlings roosting in the North Marsh reedbed at dusk. The flock, which usually forms at about 5 pm, is best watched from the North Wall, or even from outside...
  • Blog Post: Love is in the air

    Couples across the world may be celebrating Valentine's Day today, but did you know that 14 February is an important day in the natural world. Today is traditionally the day that ducks pair up for the year, and certainly there's been a lot of amorous behaviour on the Scrape for the last few...
  • Blog Post: Spring is round the corner

    Next Sunday, 1 February, we switch to summer opening at Minsmere. This means that the visitor centre remains open until 5 pm, and the cafe hours switch to 9.30 am to 4.45 pm. To help us to get ready for spring, the cafe will be closing early on Monday, at 2.30 pm, for a deep clean, so if you're planning...
  • Blog Post: Thank you HLF and the National Lottery

    Guest blog by Adam Rowlands, Senior Sites Manager, North Suffolk The Discover Nature project at Minsmere has been a great journey for me, as well as a brilliant opportunity to connect many more people to nature. Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we have had the opportunity to develop...
  • Blog Post: Starling spectacular, rarities and the Brigadier

    What a week it has been. The continuing superb autumn weather, combined with roosting starlings, Minsmere's red deer appearing on Autumnwatch, and our exciting family activity programme all helped to make October half term one of the busiest weeks on record. As well as making some lovely insect...
  • Blog Post: We love to hear from you

    It's always great to hear from our visitors and share their experiences of a trip to Minsmere. Some of you write lovely reports on our Forum pages, filled with amazing photos. Others share your experiences by chatting to us in the visitor centre. Increasingly, many of you use the great variety...
  • Blog Post: Wrynecks, waders, wheatears and more

    The exciting summer of family activities and superb wildlife watching has continued, despite occasional periods of heavy rain (most notably on Bank Holiday Monday!). Pond dipping, owl pellet dissection and minibeast hunts continued to be popular with families, giving many children (and their parents...
  • Blog Post: The birds and the bees (and butterflies and machines and...)

    Despite the weekend storms and frequent heavy showers, our insects are continuing to attract a lot of attention. Butterflies such as gatekeepers and meadow browns are attracted to brambles, small coppers and common blues on the North Wall and dunes, and red admirals and small tortoiseshells still on...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful waders, beautiful butterflies & happy families

    It's been another gorgeous week at Minsmere. I heard on the radio yesterday that the Met Office were reporting that July was the best ever, and August has certainly started with another day of unbroken sunshine. With such lovely weather it's not been a surprise to see hundreds of happy families...
  • Blog Post: A happy family

    It's always great to hear from visitors about how much they enjoy Minsmere, and this week we received an email from a family who'd had a great day out. With their permission, I thought I'd share their thoughts with you. "I tried to sign the online visitors book but couldn't figure...
  • Blog Post: Catkins and woodlarks signal early spring sightings

    After the recent wet windy weather it's been great to see a bit of sunshine over the last couple of days. With it have come the first flowering daffocils outside the visitor centre, hazel catkins in the woods (photo below), and woodlarks in song on Westleton Heath - several signs that spring may...
  • Blog Post: A watery wonderland

    First: an apology. Due to family illness I was off work last week so haven't been able to update the blog for a while. I will try to post a further update later this week, but will be off again next week. Second: some reassurance. The species seen at Minsmere don't vary much from day to day...
  • Blog Post: Sea and sky and special moments

    We gave our five year old son, Thomas, two choices yesterday: go tot he cinema to watch a film about dinosaurs, or visit Minsmere to make bird feeders. He chose the second, despite the fact that it was raining at the time. Luckily, by the time we arrived here the weather had improved, and the sun was...
  • Blog Post: Inspired by children and wasps

    Sometimes it's easy to take for granted what a great place Minsmere is. We can almost become blase about what amazing wildlife and views we have, especially when you can sit in the office listening to birdsong or run outside to watch an osprey flying overhead. Luckily, there are those special moments...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere‚Äôs long distance travellers

    Fancy getting up close and personal with your favourite bird? If you c ome to Minsmere this Thursday you'll get your chance with a bit of help of the bird ringers from the Waveney Bird Club. Here's a little taster. Blog by Steve Piotrowski, Waveney Bird Club When we sit as a family and...
  • Blog Post: Book of the month - Children's Guide to Nature Watching

    Guest blog by Will Shoote, Minsmere Wildlife Explorers Group Leader As a leader of the Minsmere Wildlife Explorers club I’m always on the look out for new ways to interest children in nature. I recently came across the RSPB’s ‘Children’s Guide to Nature Watching’. This...
  • Blog Post: Something for everyone

    With the summer holidays now underway, it's great to see an increase i the number of families visiting Minsmere. There's so much for families to do: pretending to be some of Minsmere's special wildlife in the Wild Zone, building a den, exploring with our free to borrow backpacks that are...