North Marsh at Minsmere

Guides and safaris

Would you like help finding some of Minsmere's special wildlife? Find out more about our Minsmere guides.

Reserve guides

Minsmere's friendly volunteer guides are here to help.

  • Are you interested in Minsmere's history or management?
  • Have you ever wanted to explore the hidden Minsmere?
  • Do you simply want an expert guide?

Meet our friendly volunteers in the hides or around Minsmere's circular walks. Please ask at reception to find out where our guides are, and which species they'll be looking for.

We are always on the lookout for new volunteer guides, as we currently can't guarantee someone will always be available to help you, but we're working on it!


If you're planning a visit, you can book a volunteer guide for a half day guided walk (up to three hours). We'll tailor each walk to suit your needs and focus on the wildlife you want to see (as the wildlife is, well, wild, we can't always guarantee what you'll see, but we will try our hardest). 

These tours are also great for small groups, wheelchair users, people with limited mobility and anyone wanting advice on improving their photography. Hire-a-guides must be booked at least one week in advance by telephoning the Minsmere visitor centre on 01728 648301. 

A tour costs £100 for up to four people, or £80 for RSPB members, plus usual reserve entry fees.

Please note: we will do our best to meet your requirements, but may not always be able to find a guide on your preferred date.

Bluebells at Minsmere, South Belt

Minsmere 4x4 safaris

These are a great way for small groups (maximum four people) to explore the hidden Minsmere from the comfort of a 4x4 vehicle. You'll discover how we keep Minsmere in tip top condition, and see parts of the reserve not normally accessible to visitors.

Minsmere safaris are organised on request but must be booked at least one week ahead and are subject to availability. Prices are £125 per vehicle, or £100 for RSPB members, plus usual reserve entry fees. Please book at least two weeks in advance. Please call 01728 648301 to discuss availability.

A very special present

Our hire-a-guide and 4x4 safari tours make an excellent gift for loved ones. Please call Minsmere visitor centre on 01728 648301.

View from sluice at Minsmere