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  • Blog Post: A good tern and another

    I was eagerly optimistic as I left my desk at lunch time and walked down to Bittern Hide. I had recently heard over the radio that there had been many sightings of bitterns in flight today and I thought that today may be the day that I saw a bittern for the first time. As I strolled down the hill with...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Explorers Reunite

    When I woke up on Saturday morning to a bitter north wind I thought to myself, well at least the sun is shining! That thought didn’t last long as on the drive into work the skies opened and it poured with rain! I always pay attention to the weather but I was particularly interested on Saturday...
  • Blog Post: What a great hobby we have

    Working at Minsmere has to be one of the best jobs ever - even if I do spend much of the day in front of a computer rather out enjoying the wildlife. Afterall, as highlighted in the latest (Summer 2016) issue of Nature's Home magazine, Minsmere is the Number One RSPB nature reserve when it comes...
  • Blog Post: One cuckoo may not make a summer, but one swift certainly does!

    Yes folks, it's official. It may be quite cold outside, with a chill breeze and only intermittent sunshine, but summer is here. One of our guides reported the first swift over the Scrape this afternoon. With several swallows and house martins over Island Mere this morning, and well over 100 sand...
  • Blog Post: Exciting explorations

    On Wednesday, I joined many of the wardens from the Suffolk Area Team, as well as other members of the Minsmere visitor experience, catering and admin teams, exploring our reserves farther south along the Suffolk coast. This was a chance to learn about the exciting work being done on these reserves,...
  • Blog Post: Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

    It's been a superb spring day at Minsmere, with migrants galore a few notable surprises. The wet start clearly grounded a few migrants, and it didn't seem to put visitors off either. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was a cuckoo heard calling a couple of times beyond Island Mere late...
  • Blog Post: A busy walk!

    I took advantage of the glorious sunshine today and took a lovely walk around the Scrape at lunchtime. This week I am going to be away from the reserve for a few days on a training course and I wanted to have a good look around before I go as the reserve can change so much in just a few days. It was...
  • Blog Post: Where's Jack?

    I have always enjoyed searching games such as “Where’s Wally?”, word searches and spot the difference and today my walk around the reserve gave me both the challenge and satisfaction of these games. I started my afternoon walk in the hope of seeing a bird which many others have sighted...
  • Blog Post: Bobbing Jack

    I have always enjoyed searching games such as “Where’s Wally?”, word searches and spot the difference and today my walk around the reserve gave me both the challenge and satisfaction of these games. I started my afternoon walk in the hope of seeing a bird which many others have sighted...
  • Blog Post: Plenty to see down at the pond!

    The pond has really come alive this week with many sand martins returning from West Africa to breed in our sand martin cliffs. I walked down to the pond today to see the hive of activity there. It is simply amazing to see them darting around with such speed and agility particularly after making the journey...
  • 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: Great Friday

    I left the comfort of bed early this morning to get to Minsmere early and make the most of a rare opportunity to sit in Island Mere Hide and enjoy the wildlife. Normally I am busy feeding little people and doing the nursery run before I get to work but as today was Good Friday I had the chance to sneak...
  • 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: i-konik Minsmere

    I was scanning the reed bed yesterday from Bittern hide looking in hope to spot either a bittern or an otter (or two) when I spotted another one of Minsmere’s iconic species that I have yet to have a close encounter with; the konik pony. Through the binoculars I thought they were absolutely beautiful...
  • Blog Post: On Safari In Suffolk

    This afternoon I had the pleasure of going for a 4x4 safari with one of our experienced guides and the rest of the Visitor Experience team. The outing had been planned as part of my induction into my new role at Minsmere and also to help familiarise myself with the wider reserve. I was simply amazed...
  • Blog Post: Flopwings, blackwits and awl birds

    For the first time in several weeks I completed the full circuit of the coast trail today. The north-easterly wind made it feel quite cool, especially on the North Wall and the top of the dunes. Out of the wind, though, the sun still had a bit of warmth, and the blue skies gave a lovely springlike feel...
  • Blog Post: Mating marsh harriers!

    As I drove up the road to the reserve this morning and saw the sun shining through the trees I knew today was going to be a fantastic day at Minsmere. It didn’t disappoint! It was a fantastic day both in terms of weather, visitor numbers and amazing sightings. Although I didn’t make it...
  • Blog Post: Mr Blue Sky

    I don't think you could possibly have two more contrasting days that yesterday and today. Yesterday was dull, damp, dreary and downright miserable. So much so that less than 30 visitors actually ventured out onto the reserve. Our volunteer guides did brave the weather though, and found some interesting...
  • Blog Post: It's a ten from Len

    It was a bit of a surprise to wake up to a snowy scene in North Suffolk today, though there was no sign of the white stuff on the ground once I arrived in Suffolk. It has been a cold day with regular showers and some bits of sleet mixed in. Not enough to put me off a lunchtime stroll to look for otters...
  • Blog Post: Otter Madness!

    With it being Mother’s Day tomorrow I thought I would blog about the only known mothers on the reserve at the moment, the otter family. It has been otter madness all morning with the radio buzzing with reports of sightings of the otters. Four were radioed through as spotted at Bittern Hide this...
  • Blog Post: The spirit of spring

    Guest blog by Ryan Deal, regular Minsmere visitor and sometime volunteer guide The great thing about Minsmere is, no matter how many times you visit, it’s never the same. My visit today was no exception. With all the recent firecrest furore, I couldn’t resist a trip to the Rhododendron...
  • Blog Post: A persistent pleasant pheasant!

    I was greeted this morning when I arrived at work by a very familiar friend, a very pleasant pheasant! In fact I struggled to get out of the car door he was so close. He stared at me with his beady little eyes and refused to move. It was with this unrelenting determination that I decided to wind down...
  • Blog Post: February fire

    After the mildest winter on record, it really felt very springlike as I wandered down to Island Mere hide at lunchtime today. With the sun streaming through the open window I could easily have dozed off, but might have woken with a painful sunburn. On my walk down Whin Hill I could hear a good variety...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learnt

    Excitement ran through me and I jumped out of my chair with my binoculars and camera after hearing over the radio that two stone curlews had just been spotted. I was shortly informed that the stone curlews had not returned yet (as February is a little early) but in fact that two curlews had been spotted...
  • Blog Post: From Italy with love

    I almost wish I'd been able to write this blog two weeks ago, as it would have been a perfect story for Valentine's Day - as indeed would be the recent proposal in the Wildlife Lookout that was reported via our Trip Adviser page ! This, though, is a story about a different type of ring, but...