RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere is a coastal nature reserve that's perfect for close-range wildlife-watching. Enjoy splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, rare birds breeding and calling in on their migrations, shy wildlife, beautiful bugs and colourful wildflowers… whenever you visit, there’ll be plenty to enjoy. 

The car park, hides and countryside walks are open from dawn to dusk every day (except 25 and 26 December) and if you are new to birdwatching, volunteer guides are often on hand to help visitors spot some of Minsmere's ‘star’ species: the Avocet, Bearded tit, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Nightingale.

There’s something to suit everyone at Minsmere – visitors with young children can enjoy short strolls along buggy-friendly paths, while serious walkers can stride out along longer, wilder trails. There’s a natural play area for older kids and a family-friendly café plus a must-see gift shop, perfect for picking up treats for yourself and your garden wildlife at home.

History-lovers will enjoy time here too. The reserve contains the remains of a small chapel, an important Scheduled Ancient Monument, on a low hill above the mere, the original site of Leiston Abbey. And a row of anti-tank cubes on the dunes here – one of which has, carved on top, 'Wimpey Defence Line 1940' – confirms the accuracy of aerial photos taken by the Luftwaffe in 1940 and showing a recently-drowned agricultural landscape and the hurried construction of a 'coastal crust' of concrete and barbed wire defences.