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Minsmere, Westleton

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
RSPB Minsmere is a nature reserve owned and run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) at Minsmere in the English county of Suffolk. It lies on the North Sea coast around 6mi south of Southwold and 7mi north of Aldeburgh within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Suffolk Heritage Coast area. It is protected with SSSI, SAC, SPA and Ramsar Site conservation status.The 9.69km2 site was established in 1947 and covers areas of reed bed, lowland heath, lowland wet grassland, and shingle vegetation. The nature reserve is recognised for its high diversity of bird species and other wildlife and is used as a demonstration of successful reed bed management. It is known as one of the UK's premier birdwatching sites.EcologyThe Minsmere reserve includes 1.79km2 of reed bed habitat, representing 3.6% of the UK's reed beds, as well as areas of open water, lowland heath, grassland, scrub, woodland, dune and shingle vegetation. The reserve is an important breeding, roosting and feeding site for many bird species with over 100 resident species and around a further 240 species of migratory visitors being recorded at the site.
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  • Although a ways off the beaten track, this is a great place to visit if you are keen on burd and animal watching. Many walks around the site and 3 or 4 hides from which to watch the many seabirds/duck...  read more »
  • After seeing Minsmere on TV, I was a little disappointed, expecting it to be larger and more hides. The hides fill up very quickly and are the only place to view the scrapes etc. A pleasant walk aroun...  read more »
  • I love the place. Calm, well marked out. Friendly staff, and you can take your dog into the visitor centre and outside by the cafe - particularly helpful when only 1 of you want to wants to go & 'see'...  read more »
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