Suffolk’s RSPB Minsmere celebrates milestone birthday!
One of the RSPB’s most popular and important nature reserves, RSPB Minsmere, is celebrating its 75th birthday on 25 April.
To mark this momentous occasion, RSPB Minsmere is shouting about their birthday with a mix of fun family and wildlife events and themed merchandise to put this special moment firmly in the calendar!
A new illustrated 75th birthday wildlife booklet, encouraging visitors to spot 75 different wildlife species during visits to the site - one species for each year RSPB Minsmere has been open - has now been published. Available to buy at RSPB Minsmere reception, the booklet includes spectacular photographs of wildlife taken by RSPB volunteers and staff at the site and encourages everyone, both young and old, to seek out the vast array of wildlife.
In addition to this, RSPB Minsmere is hosting a programme of fascinating and fun-filled events during the course of this special year, including celebrity book signings, reedbed rambles, pond dipping, family wildlife walks, 4x4 safaris, heathland wildlife events plus much more (to access bookable events visit the Minsmere events web page https://events.rspb.org.uk/minsmere).
Originally, the nature reserve’s mission was to create a haven for rare wildlife on the Suffolk coast and it has more than exceeded that original goal, with more than 6,000 species identified over the 75 years. A stunning mix of habitats includes reedbed, wet grassland, shingle vegetation and lowland heath. RSPB Minsmere teems with rare wildlife species, such as bittern, bearded tit, Dartford Warbler, otter, red deer and adder, to name just a few.
Indeed, RSPB Minsmere played an integral part in securing the future of the bird featured in the RSPB’s logo – the avocet, as in 1947, the avocet bred at Minsmere, the first time the species had done so in the UK in 100 years.
The public has been able to visit the site to witness RSPB Minsmere’s nature spectacular for themselves since shortly after first opening, way back in 1947, and with careful management and care the site has gone from strength to strength over the years.
RSPB Minsmere’s work for nature could not be achieved if not for its amazing volunteers, 105 of them to be exact, who give up their spare time to help this magnificent site thrive. From habitat management to monitoring bird populations, leading guided walks to welcome visitors at reception, and creating displays to inform our visitors. Their passion, enthusiasm and skills are a vital part of making this site what it is – a home for wildlife and a place where people can connect with nature; so vital in our busy and hectic lives.
Nick Forster, Senior Site Manager for RSPB Minsmere, said: “Not only are we proud that Minsmere has reached this milestone, but we are proud that the work put in by staff and volunteers throughout the years has really paid off, creating this extraordinary site for nature and for people to visit.
“In this current world, where many wildlife habitats are under threat from climate change and developers, places like Minsmere are needed to cherish our natural surroundings and truly appreciate how amazing wildlife is.
“Last year, over 100,000 people showed how much they care about Minsmere by signing our ‘Love Minsmere’ petition. We are dedicated to making sure we harness that passion to protect this very special site for years to come. The Minsmere team look forward to welcoming many visitors during our 75th year – please come and join us in making these celebrations really special.”
For more information on RSPB Minsmere visit our webpage: www.rspb.org.uk/minsmere/
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About the RSPB
The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations. RSPB website: www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/
To find out more about the Love Minsmere campaign go to www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning/love-minsmere-sizewell-c/
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Last Updated: Tuesday 26 April 2022