Minsmere Nature Reserve and the Suffolk Coast

What’s on May 2009
Welcome to the Suffolk coast. With its wide range of habitats, rich in all kinds of wildlife, there is always something to see here.

Spring highlights include booming bitterns, singing nightingales and warblers, nesting avocets and sky-dancing marsh harriers. Summer is a great time to look for insects, listen for nightjars, and spot the first returning wading birds on their way back from the Arctic.

Please click here for a list of recent bird sightings:

Why not join one of our guided walks to find out more? Regardless of how little, or how much, you know about the Suffolk coast there is always something new to learn. Our friendly, experienced guides will share with you some of the coast’s special wildlife, and explain how the reserves are managed.

This leaflet tells you about the different walks and other RSPB events on offer during the next few months. Book your place on events today to experience Suffolk with the RSPB.

RSPB Minsmere will be hosting numerous guided walks, family and children’s events to show you the amazing wildlife at this special reserve. The excellent visitor facilities make Minsmere a great place for beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike.

RSPB North Warren offers you the chance to listen to birdsong or search for rare shingle flowers.

RSPB Havergate Island is a unique place as Suffolk’s only island. You can visit the island by boat to see avocets, spoonbills and brown hares.

RSPB Wildlife Information Centre, Snape Maltings offers you the chance to find out about the RSPB’s new nature reserves at Snape and discover the superb wildlife on the Alde Estuary.

Please click here for full programme of events:

Getting to RSPB Minsmere
You can visit Minsmere by public transport. Coastlink is a demand-responsive bus service that will meet you at Darsham or Saxmundham railway station, and can even carry your bike or wheelchair. To book Coastlink, ring 01728 833526, by noon on the day before travelling.

There are cycle racks outside the visitor centre.

If travelling by car, follow the brown tourist signs from the A12 at Blythburgh or Yoxford, and from Westleton village.

Contact details:
RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve,
Westleton, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 3BY.

Tel: 01728 648281
Fax: 01728 648770
Email: [email protected]