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2020 Events at RSPB Minsmere

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020

Latest events at RSPB Minsmere:

Birdwatching for beginners at Minsmere
January: Sun 19, Wed 22
February: Wed 5, Sun 9, Wed 19, Sun 23
March: Wed 4, Sun 8, Wed 18, Sun 22 
April: Wed 8, Wed 22
May: Wed 13, Wed 27
Start at 10.30am (2-3 hours)
Hints and tips from our volunteer guides on beginning birdwatching, what equipment and field guides to use and how to make the most of your hobby, as you spot some of Minsmere’s special wildlife. No experience needed, and binoculars available to hire if needed.
 
Winter Wildlife Wander
January: Sat 18, Tue 21, Sun 26, Tue 28
February: Tue 4, Tue 11, Sun 16, Tue 18, Sat 22, Tue 25
Start at 9.30 am (3-4 hours)
Discover what makes Minsmere such a special place to visit in winter as our guides show you some of our wildlife and historical highlights. We’ll look for ducks, birds of prey and perhaps a few mammals and enjoy a bracing stroll along the beach.
 
Otter tracks and signs
February: Thurs 13
Start: 8.30 am (2 hours)
Join David and the Suffolk Mammal Group as they carriy out their regular otter surveys at Minsmere. You’ll go off the beaten track to look for spraints (droppings) and footprints, learn how we monitor these elusive mammals through their tracks and signs, and check our trail camera footage. Will you be lucky enough to actually spot an otter? The walk will be followed by a talk and presentation.
 
World Wetlands Day: Winter wildfowl
February: Sun 2
Start: 10 am (2.5 hours)
Celebrate World Wetlands Days with a walk in search of the many ducks, geese, swans and waders that make Minsmere their home in winter. 
 
Health walks
January: Tue 28
February: Tue 25
March: Tue 24
April: Tue 28
May: Tue 26
Start: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Meet at 10.45am outside the visitor centre. The walk starts at 11.00am. A walk around the lovely RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, right by the sea, home to some of Suffolk’s greatest wildlife. Depending on the weather and walkers’ abilities and preferences, we will take a coastal, woodland, or reedbed route. During the Health Walk you'll get free access to the reserve, but normal entry fees apply at other times. No dogs are allowed because of breeding birds, except assistance dogs kept on a short lead. Grade: 2 or 3. 1.5 - 2 miles / 1 - 1.5hrs. Led by RSPB volunteers trained as Health Walk Leaders.
No booking. For further details, visit the website
 
 
Minsmere’s spring wildlife 
March: Sun 1, Tue 3, Sat 7, Tue 10, Sun 15, Tue 17, Sat 21, Tue 24, Sun 29, Tue 31
Start at 9.30 am (3 - 4 hours)
April: Sat 4, Sun 12, Sat 18, Sun 26
May: Sat 2, Sun 10, Sat 16, Sun 24, Sat 30
Start at 10.30 am
Discover what makes Minsmere such a special place to visit in spring as our guides show you some of our wildlife and historical highlights. We’ll look for signs of courtship, migrant birds, early flowers and insects and listen to the wonderful birdsong.
 
Dawn chorus and breakfast 
April: Sat 25
May: Sat 16
Start at 4.30 am (2.5 hours, plus breakfast)
It’s an early start but definitely worth it!  Join our guides as you take a walk around the reserve to enjoy the bird chorus as the sun starts to rise.  Booming bitterns, the delights of Cetti’s warblers and the melodic nightingales are just a few sounds to enjoy.  Followed by a hearty full English breakfast this will be one of the most memorable morning experiences you will have.
These are our most popular walks, so please book early. 
Costs, including full English breakfast: RSPB member £24; non member adults £30; RSPB Wildlife Explorers £16; non member children £20. Reserve entry fees payable for any non members staying after the walk.
 
Sounds of Spring (and breakfast)
April: Sun 5, Tue 7, Tue 14, Sun 19, Tue 21, Sun 26, Tue 28
May: Sun 3, Tue 5, Tue 12, Sun 17, Tue 19, Tue 26, Sun 31 (TBC)
Start:  7.30 am (plus breakfast at 9.30 am)
Spring is a fantastic time of year to enjoy the sights and sounds of Minsmere. From booming bitterns, warbling warblers to the delight of the nightingale’s song, our guides will take you on a sound tour you won’t forget.  Suitable for beginners, these walks are a great opportunity to learn birdsong.  The walk will end with a bacon or sausage sandwich, or vegetarian equivalent, and a tea or filter coffee in the cafe.
Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  
 
Suffolk Walking Festival: Discover Minsmere in spring
May: Thurs 14
Start: 10 am (3 hours)
Discover what makes Minsmere such a special place to visit in spring as we show you some of our wildlife and historical highlights. We’ll look signs of courtship, migrant birds, flowers and insects and listen to the wonderful birdsong.
 
Suffolk Walking Festival: VE Day remembered
May: Sat 16
Start: 1.30 pm (3 hours)
Join RSPB on a tour into the hidden wartime history around Minsmere on the anniversary of VE Day, and spot some of our wildlife on the way. The tour will start with a 4x4 trip onto the heathland before leading you on a two hour walk.
£35 per person.
 
Binocular and telescope open days                                             
February: Sat 1, Sun 2
March: Sat 7, Sun 8
April: Sat 4, Sun 5
May: Sat 2, Sun 3
10am to 4pm
Our expert staff, volunteers and suppliers, Viking Optical, will be here to give practical and unbiased advice on choosing the right binoculars, telescopes and accessories. Free event. No need to book.  
 
Mother’s Day Special
March: Sun 22
10 am and 2 pm
Treat your mum to something different for Mother’s Day. Join us for an exclusive early spring guided walk, followed by a delicious cream tea in Minsmere’s café for the family. Cost, including cream tea: Adults £18, children £12. Pre-booking essential.
 
Big Wild Sleep Out
April: Sat 25
Start at 4 pm. Ends 11 am Sunday
A unique opportunity to spend a night at RSPB Minsmere. Experience nocturnal wildlife on a walk with our guides, discover life in our pond, identify moths in our moth trap or just witness the tranquillity of sunset and sunrise on this beautiful reserve along the Suffolk coast. Volunteers and staff are on hand to lead you around the reserve on a dusk walk to hopefully find deer, owls and glow worms.