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  • 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’s 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...
  • Blog Post: Happy anniversaries

    As we reach the end of another year, it seems a good time to reflect on how much has changed. This time last year we were packing everything away in the shop ready to move into our temporary winter home in a portacabin in the car park so that the visitor centre rebuild could be completed. Despite...
  • Blog Post: A successful day

    Following my last blog about the formal launch of our new facilities, here's a quick update on how it went. The morning was the typical whirr of activity as we laid out the food, chairs and tables and a drape was installed across the sand martin tunnels. By lunchtime, we were ready. We were...
  • Blog Post: Bonjour. Comment ca va?

    Pardon mon ami. Je fait en vacance a la France. I hope that says "Sorry, friends. I have been on holiday in France." Although I've been back to France for what has become a regular trip in recent years, I must admit that my command of the language remains very poor. Yes, I did successfully...
  • Blog Post: These are a few of my favourite things

    Last night I had the pleasure of visiting the Theatre Royal in Norwich for an evening of superb entertainment as the cast and crew of The Sound of Music came to town. There are so many familiar songs in this musical, but one song in particular got me thinking - hence the title of this blog. If I was...
  • Blog Post: Looking to the Future

    Hi again I'm back from Derbyshire and refreshed from a week with the family. Much as I love Minsmere, it's great to have a few days away to recharge the batteries. Now I'm back, I'm already looking to the future in several different ways. Yesterday I attended the latest meeting...
  • Blog Post: Family fun for Easter

    Spring is a great time to visit Minsmere, even if it is a bit late arriving this year. Unusually, our earliest spring migrants are yet to arrive, but the daffodils outside the cafe are finally bursting into bloom, while the bird feeders remain a hive of activity, with constant comings and goings from...
  • Blog Post: No keeping away from the place

    Some places are just so good that you keep going back - time and time again. Minsmere is one of those places (though I probably don't need to tell most of you that!) So much so, that I came on Monday for a visit with my wife, son and parents. Even with much of the freshwater on the Scrape and...
  • Blog Post: dogding the showers

    That was the order of the day yesterday, and could be the case for the next few too if Carol can be belieive on BBC Breakfast News. Despite a wet start to the day, we had another very successful family day. We were actually quite lucky with the weather as there were torrential thunderstorms in Southwold...
  • Blog Post: My First weeks at Minsmere

    Guest blog by Charlotte Bishop Hello, I am a new intern at Minsmere and I have been here for three weeks. I arrived on Sunday 3 July in glorious sunshine and after spending some time wondering when the road into Minsmere would ever end I made it to the volunteer accommodation. I was told I would...
  • Blog Post: Time to celebrate our volunteers!

    Guest blog by Sarah Green, Natura People Project Officer Yesterday, 5 December, was International Volunteer Day . So I think we should take this opportunity to celebrate our volunteers. The RSPB has more than 18,000 volunteers and quite simply, we couldn’t operate without them. Our volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Calling all families

    At long last, we're pleased to announce that the new family facilities at Minsmere are open from tomorrow morning. Children can learn about some of Minsmere's wildlife whilst playing in the new Wild Zone. There are tunnels to explore and become sand martin chicks. There's a forest of logs...