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  • 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: Fledgings, flowers and migrants

    We've some exciting news on some of the stars of Springwatch this week. First Grub. Those who follow us on Twitter (@RSPBMinsmere) or Facebook (RSPBSuffolk) will already have heard that Grub is alive and well. Adam, our Senior Site Manager, heard a young tawny owl calling from the area of Grub's...
  • Blog Post: A wonderful week for wildlife

    The weather may have been a bit unpredictable week, with bright sunshine giving way to heavy rain, but perhaps we should expect that with Wimbledon and Glastonbury vying with the World Cup for our attention on the TV. Did you know there's a link between Minsmere, Glastonbury and the World Cup this...
  • Blog Post: A guide's guide to Springwatch at Minsmere

    Guest blog by Beth Taylor, Minsmere volunteer guide June 2014 - what a wonderful time to be a new volunteer at Minsmere! I’ve enjoyed every minute of my three weeks here, and learned a huge amount from the RSPB staff and other volunteers. I was first introduced to Minsmere 40 years ago by...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns, beardies and bee-eaters!

    Guest blog by Paul Green, Warden, North Suffolk Reserves Every Thursday morning during spring and summer a team of wardens and volunteers carry out our bittern watches. Each of us sits in somewhere with a good view of the reedbed and waits, recording all bittern activity to help us to locate nesting...
  • Blog Post: Springwatch may be over but the wildlife remains

    Wow, what an amazing three weeks. It's been a whirlwind of emotions with fledgings and predation, new discoveries and surprise observations. There were moments to make to you laugh, and others to make you cry. Footage to make some hide behind the sofa and events that will never be forgotten. Who...
  • Blog Post: Spring migration hotting up

    With the exciting news that BBC Springwatch is coming to Minsmere, our resident and migrant wildlife is preparing to take centre stage. Our resident bitterns and marsh harriers continue to perform well, while bearded tits are very active at Island Mere and the family of water rails is still putting...
  • Blog Post: beauty in black and white

    After a superb few days of weather that brought in crowds of birdwatchers, walkers and families, a bit of drizzle this morning proved to be good for migrants, with several species of wader and passerine grounded on their long journeys. Pride of place definitely went to the gorgeous male pied flycatcher...
  • Blog Post: Unusual food

    How times have you visited a nature reserve and heard birdwatchers say that "there's not much about?" More often than this, this translates as, "there's no rare birds here" or "I've seen the same species as last time I came." This may be true, but there certainly...
  • Blog Post: Black and white stars

    The star species over the last few days have had a rather monochrome feel to them. Our three long-staying great white egrets remain on Island Mere, where they are often seen resting on the island, or feeding along the reed edge. They are often accompanied by some of our resident little egrets. On Sunday...
  • Blog Post: Island Mere's the place to be

    There is no doubt that Island Mere is the place to be at the moment. Pride of place goes to the three great white egrets that remain, but there's much more to see from the hide. What's more, you can see it more easily as the wardens went out yesterday to cut the reeds in front of the hide. The...
  • 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: On the move or stay at home

    As June drifted seemlessly into July, Minsmere's wildlife responded accordingly. In many ways the birdlife has a more autumnal feel now, with few signs of the recent spring. Meanwhile, for our plants and insects summer is definitely well and truly in full flow. Among our breeding birds, midsummer...
  • Blog Post: A hobby to remember?

    Birdwatching is one of those past times that you can do anywhere, any time. In the last week, for example, I've a marsh harrier flying over my garden whilst I was washing up, and a green woodpecker flew over at eye height as we watered the garden last night. But if you want to see something more...
  • Blog Post: terning things around

    July is often a good time to look for terns at Minsmere, and this week is no exception. There are good numbers of common terns around, many of them with young. We're also seeing other species passing through having finished or failed breeding elsewhere. Sandwich terns should be present each day,...
  • Blog Post: Goggle eyes, orioles & owls

    In my absence on holiday there have been a few notable birds at Minsmere. Typically, some have been more obliging than others, and few people will have been able catch up with all the goodies. For many, the stars of the show have been a pair of stone-curlews that have set up home in the field behind...
  • Blog Post: Cuckoos and swifts arrive to celebrate spring

    It's Spring Celebration tomorrow, and the birds certainly seem to know that we're here to celebrate spring. The first cuckoo of the year was reported calling near Island Mere - a great way to celebrate St George's Day. let's hope we get a few more than for the last few years, but I'm...
  • Blog Post: One of my best Minsmere moments ever

    I had a quick stroll to Bittern Hide at lunchtime int he hope of finally tracking down the purple heron. It was seen about half an hour earlier, but no sign during my visit. Nothing new there. No bittern either. However, I did have one of those magic moments that Minsmere is prone to conjuring up...
  • Blog Post: Record breakers

    It seems hard to believe that as recently as the early 1990s any sighting of a little egret was a red letter day. Then, in 1996 a few pairs bred in Dorset and Devon and they haven't looked back. They began nesting in Suffolk a few years later, and we can now almost expect to see a little egret anywhere...
  • 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: One of those special days

    Just occasionally, events conspire to make a good day into a special one. Today was such a day. I'd been offsite during the morning for a meeting on the National Trust's Orfordness nature reserve. Although the meeting was in the office, I did get to see a small part of this unique place on...
  • Blog Post: Fences, fences and more fences...

    This morning began with more moth ID, a standard beginning to every other day at Minsmere. We haven’t had a vast haul of moth individuals or species over the past few days since the weather’s been a little cold and more than a bit damp. This morning was no exception, with only eight individuals...
  • Blog Post: migration in full swing

    Autumn is a great time to witness the wonders of migration, and the last week has been an excellent example. Simply standing on the beach for an hour or so has been one way. On Thursday, for example, a pomarine skua and five arctic skuas flew south just offshore, and there was regular passage of wading...
  • Blog Post: A sightings update

    The recent spell of warm sunny weather and light southerly winds has held migration up a little bit, with very few reports of birds such as redwing or brambling that we'd usually expect to arrive in late September. That's not to say that there aren't any winter migrants here yet. Two snow...
  • Blog Post: 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...