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  • Blog Post: A week of interesting finds

    As I mentioned in my last blog, there's always something interesting to see at Minsmere, and the last week has been filled with one slightly unexpected find after another, incuding several found on our family activities. The excitement began late morning on Sunday when Peter, one of our volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Helping to save a super-hero bird

    Guest blog by Emily Irving-Witt, Lead little tern warden for Suffolk Whilst the little tern recovery project staff eagerly await the ‘re-tern’ of one of our rarest breeding birds to Suffolk beaches, we have been busy monitoring the progress of another endangered nesting shorebird, facing...
  • Blog Post: Woolly Bear Loose At RSPB Minsmere!

    Half term got off to a very exciting start here at Minsmere with the arrival of some very important visitors... no not the Springwatch team (although we are very pleased and excited to see the Springwatch crew here again) but the BBC Blue Peter team. A group of children came to Minsmere from Benhall...
  • Blog Post: Spring scents and sounds

    On arrival at Minsmere this morning I was greeted to a veritable feast of birdsong - nightingale, garden warbler, blackcap, Cetti's warbler and whitethroat were all singing in the scrub between the car park entrance and the Discovery Centre. Add in blackbird, robin, dunnock, chaffinch, blue tit and...
  • Blog Post: An Egg-citing Easter

    What a weekend! With the dust finally settling (literally following Storm Katie's exploits), it's time to reflect on another exciting few days. The fabulous weather on Good Friday tempted you all out in you hundreds, with Minsmere experiencing one of its busiest days ever. As Amy said in her...
  • Blog Post: It's spring!

    Today is the spring equinox - officially the first day of spring, and the wildlife at Minsmere has clearly responded accordingly, with spring migrants, flowers, birdsong and reptiles all reflecting the changing season. Chiffchaffs are invariably the first spring migrants to arrive, having only traveled...
  • Blog Post: February Flirtation!

    Half term week at Minsmere has had many highlights. The sunny days have brought with them many visitors to the reserve and many great sightings. I have spent the week in the Discovery Centre helping families create nest boxes for National Nest Box Week so have missed my walks around the reserve but I...
  • Blog Post: Happy Half Term Hammering!

    You may have thought there had been numerous sightings of woodpeckers on the reserve today, but the tap tap tap was actually coming from the Discovery Centre! Today was the start of our Nestbox Building Event for National Nestbox Week. Many families sheltered from the elements and came into the Discovery...
  • Blog Post: Behind the scenes of Minsmere‚Äôs nest box event.

    With National Nest Box Week only a few days away I thought I would blog about the busy preparations the team at Minsmere have been undertaking to get ready for this event. We are running a “make your own nest box” event over half term and are hoping to make 300 nest boxes. With this impressive...
  • Blog Post: Looking forward to the future

    As we reach the shortest day of the year, we can at last begin to look forward to longer evenings and daylight when the alarm goes off in the morning - though of course we have Christmas to look forward to first. At Minsmere today we were looking to the future too - and it looks bright from where...
  • Blog Post: Something for the weekend

    We have a couple of exciting weekends planned this month, starting this coming Saturday, 14 November, when families are invited to join two local artists for the first of four workshops titled Tidal Margins. Funded by Touching the Tide, a Heritage Lottery Fund landscape project on Suffolk's Heritage...
  • Blog Post: A party with a difference

    Guest blog by Dorcas Franklyn-Bray, Minsmere visitor In September we hosted my daughter's 6th birthday party at RSPB Minsmere. We were able to hire the excellent Discovery Centre and book one of the lovely experiences available for families. These are run by the amazing volunteers and we chose...
  • Blog Post: Not ducking the issue

    Every summer, once the breeding season is over, Minsmere's wardens, volunteers and contractors turn their attention to the task of habitat management, helping to create the perfect home for an incredible variety of nature. Work continues throughout the autumn and winter, and it's not an easy...
  • Blog Post: Enjoying sand and sky

    Guest blog by Christine Hall, Visitor Experience Officer On Saturday 19 September, a group of staff and volunteers got together and, donning litter pickers and rubbish bags (kindly supplied by the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team) took up the challenge of cleaning Minsmere’s...
  • Blog Post: Looking for sprites

    Autumn is a great time to look for sprites. Depending on your age (at heart) and imagination, that statement could mean very different things. To a birdwatcher, sprites are tiny warblers, some of our smallest birds. In particular, the term is often used to describe goldcrests, firecrests and rare...
  • Blog Post: Minsmere for all

    Guest blog by Lizzie Guntrip, writer, naturalist, broadcaster and inclusive nature ambassador Sitting on one of the benches at the North Wall, with my feet tucked up underneath me, I hear a nearby “ping-ping” coming from the reedbed in front of us. I am leaning against the bench back,...
  • Blog Post: A (bee-)wolf's tale of life and death

    Guest blog by Steve Everett, regular Minsmere visitor Along the path from the pond to the North Wall, there is a stretch of path with sandy sides that has become a magnet for visitors over the past few weeks. This is the realm of the bee wolf, a digger wasp that specializes in catching honey bees...
  • Blog Post: Summer holidays at Minsmere

    Guest blog by: Alison Cross, Learning Assistant Ian is very good at keeping us all updated about the wildlife seen at Minsmere, while I am going to update you about the little featherless two legged creatures...children! This week is the fifth week of the summer holidays, (for some parents it might...
  • Blog Post: Out with the old, in with the new

    Mid August is a time of change. Birds are on the move, with familiar species leaving our shores, to be replaced (sometimes only temporarily) by visitors from farther north or east. Berries are ripening, seeds setting, and leaves are already beginning to change colour. Insects that we've been enjoying...
  • Blog Post: Nature's colours

    We have a fabulous little activity sheet for children called Nature's colours. It's a simple piece of card with 20 different colours and shades. The idea is to walk around the reserve and see how many different colours you can match. For example, the marsh mallow flowers perfectly match one of...
  • Blog Post: Hummingbird steals the show

    As is often the case in August, the buddleia bushes outside the visitor centre have been the centre of attention for much of the afternoon. There's been a great range of butterflies, including several painted ladies and commas as well as the more familiar red admirals, small tortoiseshells, peacocks...
  • Blog Post: Learning about sand martins

    Guest blog by Allan Smith, Waveney Bird Club Ringing Group The Waveney Bird Club have been ringing Minsmere's sand martins for the last two years, with the first ringing session of 2015 recently undertaken. Sand martins feed on small aerial insects throughout the year. They are summer visitors...
  • Blog Post: Sightings hotting up as heatwave hits

    Today has probably been the best day of the summer so far with unbroken clear blue skies and a gentle cooling breeze making a walk around Minsmere's nature trails very pleasant - and much less oppressive than further inland. It was less comfortable in some of the hides, as they quickly heat up like...
  • Blog Post: Up from the depths

    As regular readers of these blogs will know, Minsmere has an amazing variety of wildlife, from majestic red deer to minute fungi, but some species remain hidden from view, below ground of beneath the water. Just occasionally they may leave the safety of their burrows or pond, affording visitors a rare...
  • Blog Post: Records tumble

    The early indications are that we're set for one of the best breeding seasons at Minsmere for a long time. Indeed several records look like being broken. One record that has been broken this morning is for the biggest ever flock of bee-eaters to be seen in Suffolk. Adam Rowlands, our Senior Sites...