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Winter Guided Walks

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 to Sunday, March 29, 2020

Find the latest winter walks at RSPB between October 2019 and March 2020:

Birdwatching for beginners at Minsmere
October: Wed 23
November: Sun 3, Wed 6, Sun 17, Wed 20 
December: Sun 1, Wed 4, Sun 15, Wed 18
January 2020: Sun 5, Wed 8, Sun 19, Wed 22
February 2020: Wed 5, Sun 9, Wed 19, Sun 23
March 2020: Wed 4, Sun 8, Wed 18, Sun 22 
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.
 
 
Amazing autumn wildlife at Minsmere
October: Tue 22, Sun 27, Tue 29 
November: Sat 2, Tue 5, Sun 10, Tue 12, Sat 16, Tue 19, Sat 30
9.30 am (3 hours)
Discover what makes Minsmere such a special place to visit in autumn as our guides show you some of our wildlife and historical highlights. We’ll look for migrant birds as they arrive, depart or simply pass through, as well as late insects and flowers and perhaps the odd mammal.
 
 
Winter Wildlife Wander
December: Tue 3, Sun 8, Tue 10, Sat 14, Tue 17, Sun 29
January 2020: Sat 4, Tue 7, Tue 14, Sat 18, Tue 21, Sun 26, Tue 28
February 2020: 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
November: Thurs 14
December: Thurs 12
January 2020: Thurs 9
February 2020: 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. 
RSPB members £20, non members £25. Children half price. Maximum group size: six people.
 
 
World Wetlands Day: Winter wildfowl
February 2020: 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.  
 
 
Minsmere’s spring wildlife 
March 2020: Sun 1, Tue 3, Sat 7, Tue 10, Sun 15, Tue 17, Sat 21, Tue 24, Sun 29
Start at 9.15 am (3 - 4 hours)
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.
 
 
Health walks
October: Tue 22
November: Tue 26
January 2020: Tue 28
February 2020: Tue 25
March 2020: Tue 24
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 need to book.