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  • Blog Post: One day wonders

    Minsmere has had a bit of purple patch in the last week or so, although you had to be quick to catcha glimpse of all our unusual visitors. Typically, I missed them all. The first week of May saw sightings of two rare herons in the reedbed: purple heron and two great white egrets. Typically, they were...
  • Blog Post: The early bird(watcher) earns their rewards

    Mid April means the start of our popular dawn chorus guided walks at Minsmere. Now, you may wander why anyone would want to get up before the lark in time to arrive at a nature reserve while it's still dark, but that's probably the best time to visit Minsmere. Just ask the 16 eager souls who...
  • Blog Post: Up with lark - or even before!

    Yes folks, it's dawn chorus time again. These walks remain incredibly popular - despite the 4 am start. Five of the six are fully booked: there are still 13 places left for the final walk on Saturday 21 May - if you are quick! This week it was my turn to lead, and Robin Harvey and I duly met 28...
  • Blog Post: Just missed a good one!

    Great walk yesterday morning to celebrate National Farmhouse Breakfast Week. It was cold but clear with a red dawn sky over the sea when we started at 7 am. Gorgeous sunrise as we reached East Hide, and not too cold when sheltered from NE wind. We had some cracking views of wildlife too, before returning...
  • Blog Post: Suffolk's wild goose chase

    Question: Where can you possibly see nine different species of goose in one in the UK (of ten different forms)? Answer: RSPB North Warren nature reserve, on the Suffolk coast, just eight miles from Minsmere. What's more, there are record Suffolk counts of white-fronted geese this year, several...
  • Blog Post: Learning the ropes

    Guest blog by Lisa Robinson, Intern Visitor Officer Hello, I’m Lisa and I’m the new Visitor Officer Intern, here for the next six months. I’m into my second week at Minsmere, and I’ve been very busy already! In my first week, I met loads of people and started on a couple of...
  • Blog Post: Spread the word

    First, a huge thank you to all you love people who regularly read my ramblings via the Minsmere blog. I hope you all enjoy hearing updates from Minsmere. I'm sure some of you are regulars, while the rest just have to make do with dreaming about your next visit. Second, please tell us how much...
  • Blog Post: Suffolk's Wildlife Coast

    We hosted the launch of an excellent new book at Minsmere today. Suffolk's Wildlife Coast is a guide to the RSPB nature reserves on the Suffolkc oast, including details of history, management, wildlfie and seasonal highlights. This lovely guide is full of fantastic photos, many by Minsmere's...
  • Blog Post: Spring celebration

    To help us to celebrate Minsmere's 65th birthday (see Adam's guest blog earlier today), we're holding our annual Spring Celebration this weekend. This event is a great opportunity to see some of Minsmere's special wildlife and learn from our wardens and volunteers. We'll be at...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful World Wetlands Day Walk

    Every year I lead a winter wildfowl guided walk on 2 February to celebrate World Wetlands Day - marking the signing of an international treaty to protect the world's most important wetlands for wildlfie and people. Minsmere is one of many RAMSAR sites, designated under this treaty, so it seems only...
  • Blog Post: Birthday celebrations

    Paul and I met a lovely group of folk today for a guided walk to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of the group. Mostly up from London for the weekend, and staying in nearby Walberswick, they joined us mid morning to discover Minsmere for the first time. Paul took a group of mainly adults for an...
  • Blog Post: A spring in my step

    It's been lovely to have a couple of short strolls around parts of Minsmere this week. The warm sunshine has put a real spring in my step, and it really feels like the seasons have changed at last (especially after a week in up to a foot of snow in Estonia earlier this month!) The bumblebees have...
  • Blog Post: A spinning coin

    Early on Saturday morning I arrived at Minsmere to lead the first of our regular spring dawn chorus guided walks. It was crystal clear night with a huge full moon casting shadows over the reserve. As we met at 4 am the nightingale at the car park entrance could already be heard, and the first bittern...
  • Blog Post: A gorgeous morning

    I don't get the chance to lead guided walks very often, so when John Grant asked me to return a favour and stand in for him leading today's walk, I didn't need much persuading. It was, therefore, with great frustration that I opened the curtains this morning to see a thick cloaking everything...
  • Blog Post: ducks galore

    After the excitement of New Year, the pace of the birding has slowed a little at Minsmere recently, but there's still loads to be seen. Ducks are everywhere, especially wigeons and teals , but the smews continue to steal the show. Up to nine birds have been present over the last week, including...
  • Blog Post: Creatures of the night

    Wildlife watching needn't stop when the light fades to dusk, and finally complete darkness. Far from it. In fact, there are certain creatures that require a night-time visit if you wish to see or hear them. Take nightjars , for example. Their mechanical song is one of the most incredible sounds...
  • Blog Post: The Joy of Birds

    Guest blog by Big Birder Mel - a recent visitor to Minsmere from Staffordshire Oh the joys of birding. I recently spent the last week of September on holiday in Suffolk, staying on a small caravan site near RSPB Minsmere. As you might guess, I “spent some time” at the reserve. Arriving...
  • Blog Post: Birdsong reaching a crescendo as nesting activity increases

    As I sit at home typing this blog before heading to the reserve later, I’ve been serenaded by a blackbird for at least the last three hours. Probably the same blackbird that has been busy gathering buggy suet bits from the lawn for the last three weeks. The first baby blackbird appeared in the...
  • Blog Post: Saying goodbye to Heather

    One of Minsmere's familiar faces sadly passed away recently. Heather Maclean was a popular volunteer guide, and I'm sure many of you will have met her over the years. Fellow volunteer and close friend Avi Wells has written a lovely tribute to Heather in our volunteer newsletter, which with her...