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The Spring Celebration weekend once again proved to be highly successful. The format is simple. Our wardens and volunteer guides are stationed around the reserve at key locations to help visitors to learn about Minsmere's special wildlife. The tricky part is the unpredictability of the wildlife that...
10 May 2011
A natural kaleidoscope
Midsummer may be a quiet time for birding, but it's far from a dull time at Minsmere. There's just so much to see. With today's wind, many of the insects were seaking shelter on bramble bushes in woodland rides, simply resting in a sunny spot or feeding on the bramble flowers. Some bushes...
17 Jul 2010
Reasons to love Minsmere
Minsmere has that special magic about it that means you never really know to expect. Take Wednesday morning, for example, when one of our regualr visitors who lives locally spotted a puffin flying north just offshore. Puffins are scarce birds in Suffolk, probably most likely to be spotted in the autumn...
12 Jun 2010
A great weekend
We had another great weekend at Minsmere. Our staff and volunteers spoke to many visitors, helping them to spot our special species and make the visit more enjoyable. It was great to see so many families, especially on Saturday when the weather was superb. Sunday remained dull and dreary, with the forecast...
8 Jun 2010
Springwatch at Minsmere
Springwatch returned to our screens this week, bringing a host of new stars to our lounges for the next three weeks. There's the usual mix of nest cams, night vision cams, and exciting wilflife stories to inspire viewers to take a greater interest in the wildlife around them. This weekend, we're...
4 Jun 2010
Life And Death At Minsmere
Spring at Minsmere is well and truly in full swing and as we draw to the end of May we have had many natural events and coming and goings to celebrate. Now that the weather is heating up so too is the number of species found in our moth trap. There is something of a changing of the guard in this sense...
25 May 2010
hello, goodbye and au revoir, for now
It's a week of change at Minsmere, and I don't just mean one the wildlife front. First, welcome to Ricky who has joined the team of blog writers at Minsmere. I'm sure he'll enjoy regaling you with news from the wardening team. Ricky's been with us for a few weeks and will now be...
18 May 2010
Film stars in the making?
Today we had a visit from Grahame, a media man from the Lodge, RSPB headquarters. Grahame came to get some footage of work at Minsmere, specifically about what we’ve been doing for bitterns, but we also had time to visit our new Konik foals for the added aaah factor. So, today was my first taste...
10 May 2010
A bambi moment
Everyone ready to say "aargh! How cute!"? Our second konik foal of the spring was born today, and very cute it looked, rolling around on the bank and staggering on its disproportionately long legs. I have to admit though, that the older foal is probably cuter, as it looks much more in proportion...
8 May 2010
Beaches, beetles, and back to business as usual
This morning Ricky and I went down to the beach before work to begin our ringed plover monitoring. These little birds make their nests on the pebbly beach and should breed from this time of year on. They can easily and unintentionally be flushed from their nests, and their eggs are so well camouflaged...
9 Apr 2010
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