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RSPB Minsmere

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Address: Sheepwash Lane, Westleton IP17 3BY, England
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+44 1728 648281
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Minsmere is a great place to discover nature. The RSPB shop, cafe and...

Minsmere is a great place to discover nature. The RSPB shop, cafe and visitor centre provide a perfect introduction before you explore the beautiful countryside walks. Enjoy stunning woodland, wetland and coastal scenery and close views of a wide range of wildlife, including many rare species. Families can begin their journey of discovery in the Wild Zone, or build a den in the Wildwood Adventure. The nearby Discovery Centre is perfect for school visits, birthday parties and exhibitions. Self-guided activities include a free explorer backpack to borrow, and there's a regular programme of events in school holidays. Seasonal wildlife highlights include: spring birdsong, nightingales and booming bitterns and nesting avocets; summer butterflies, flowers and nesting terns; autumn migrants, red deer rut and colour; winter ducks, evening roosts of birds and Christmas shopping. Volunteer guides are often available to help you identify Minsmere's varied wildlife.

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Not just birds but other species too - otters, adders and more!

A choice of lovely walks to different areas of this interesting reserve. If you wish to see the otters - you may be lucky in the evening but stand more chance in the morning... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A choice of lovely walks to different areas of this interesting reserve. If you wish to see the otters - you may be lucky in the evening but stand more chance in the morning. The same for adders in the adder viewing area. Unfortunately we saw neither as went in the afternoon. We did see and hear bitterns though. Its... More 

Thank curlytail55
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Minsmere is an excellent nature reserve. It has a wide range of habitats and wildlife that can be seen. There is a good visitor centre with information on what can be seen, where. The wardens are very knowledgeable and helpful. Most people seemed to be keen to see bitterns and otters. Both can be seen, but due to their rarity... More 

Thank CG101010
Minster on Sea
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The RSPB have a large site here with varied habitats and at least 2 walks with hides. We walked the coastal path and visited 3 of the hides overlooking the scrapes. There appears to be plenty for children to do also - play areas etc. We visited the visitor centre, nice range of food and drinks, a shop and some... More 

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well managed and maintained, staff were very helpful and welcoming. Trail signage very clear and hides were clean.

Thank Rebecca T
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are not members and £18 seemed a lot to pay for pensioners - this charity does not allow concessions despite the astronomical fee it pays its CEO. - HOWEVER - we struck lucky and an RSPB member of staff met us in a hide - he was so helpful - it was almost unbelievable! Thanks (STEVE) I think!

Thank Trevor A
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always wanted to visit this place , through watching Spring Autumn and Winter Watch this place is fascinating and anyone who loves nature will love it. Lovely walks and lots if different birds to look at. We hired a pair of binoculars, so if you've not got your own it is a must to get the most out if your... More 

Thank Angela M
Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I brought my disabled son here for an afternoon out, he is in a wheelchair and is severely brain damaged. I must say that the parking and the walks were excellent however, there should be a better way in for wheelchairs than through the shop which was very difficult to fit through. I did not feel as if the staff... More 

Thank WhiteOrchid01
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're wanting to see and hear up to 70 species of bird from a variety of habitats, this is the best place! And, it's all free for RSPB members! Even our 14 year old daughter was inspired.

Thank Catherine P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent the day here, great layout, 3 separate walks, you do not have to be a birdie to enjoy this site. Good for rambling, play area for kids, very friendly hides where kids can see and 'talking' is allowed so they can ask and exchange information. Nice shop and cafe so food can be provided. Not the cheapest but its... More 

Thank David F
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

RSPB Minsmere is in the wilds of Suffolk between Southwold & Aldeburgh. There are plently of walks (over 5 miles in total) together with hides,signs etc. Lots to see both, coastal, woodland & heath. Good shop and cafe, plenty of car parking space. Further than you think down narrow roads - just follow thr signs. Non member adult £9pp. Would... More 

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