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Discover some of our rarest wildlife and enjoy family-friendly activities
Minsmere is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK.
RSPB Minsmere is a fantastic coastal nature reserve that's perfect for families. Start your adventure at the visitor centre to find out about the latest activities and events, plot your route and get an idea of what wildlife to look out for at this beautiful spot on the Suffolk coast.
There’s something to suit everyone at Minsmere. Visitors with little ones can enjoy shorter walks along our buggy-friendly paths, while serious walkers can stride out along our longer, wilder trails.
Kids can let off steam in our Wild Zone natural play area: pretend to be a bittern in our brilliant child-sized nests, climb through a giant sand martin tunnel then build a den in the woods!
Minsmere is home to a staggering variety of wildlife. Keep your voice to a whisper as you scan for secretive bitterns in the reeds. Look out for elegant, black and white avocets - our RSPB emblem! - feeding in flat wetlands. And if you're lucky, you could spot otters from the Island Mere Hide. We also have adders, lizards and water voles.
Take time out at our child-friendly café, where you'll find everything from convenient child’s lunchboxes and snacks to hot meals prepared using local fare. We have high chairs and baby change facilities available - just ask.
And don't leave without browsing our gift shop, perfect for picking up treats for yourself and your garden wildlife at home.
Minsmere is the home of Springwatch 2016 and open to visitors during this busy period with limited disruption to visitor routes, particularly during broadcast times (30 May – 16 June).
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