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Naturally fun for everyone!

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. 

Discover and play

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!

Wonderful wildlife

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.

Relax and enjoy

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.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Watch marsh harriers sky-dancing over the reedbed and listen for booming bitterns
  2. Listen to singing warblers and nightingales
  3. Watch sand martins skimming overhead whilst you enjoy a meal outside the tearoom

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Glimpse iridescent butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies close to the visitor centre
  2. Look for shingle-loving flowers and nesting little terns on the beach
  3. Discover nature as a family in our Wild Zone and Wild Wood Adventure

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Witness the impressive red deer rut on the heath in October
  2. Explore seasonal trails in search of migrants
  3. Look and listen for bearded tits 'pinging' in the reedbed

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Marvel at the colours of hundreds of ducks, resplendent in their finest plumage
  2. Warm up with a meal from our tasty menu - Suffolk produce available!
  3. Stay 'til dusk to witness roosting harriers, swans or starlings returning

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  • Wild Flower?
  • Bittern in flight
  • Safari
  • Funghi/Mushroom
  • Funghi
  • Herons
  • Kestrel in flight
  • Hobby in flight

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North Warren

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