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Minsmere

Sheepwash Lane, Westleton, England
01728 648281
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Westleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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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Essex
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Great place & helpful staff.We are not knowledgeable regarding birds but it was a very interesting visit & well worth the trip.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were members of RSPB about thirty years ago but somehow had never been to Minsmere. We like wild birds but we are not fanatics and jsut wanted to check out the starling murmuration. The place is well signposted and we were soon parked in the ample parking facility by the visitor center. We were very impressed by everything about... More

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Surrey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We ended up spending a whole day (and rather a lot in the shop as we felt the urge to acquire binoculars). We've been rspb members for some time, but this was iur first visit to one of their reserves so we weren't sure what to expect or whether we would feel out of place as newcomers among seasoned birdwatchers.... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

RSPB have made the nature reserve available to everyone by putting excellent pathways for buggies and mobility scooters into the landscape. There is a discovery centre for children and a tea room for those who just want a view and a chat over coffee. It took up most of our day, by choice. A lovely walk on the coast and... More

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Hampshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Perfect to see waders, ducks and the occasional otter, kingfisher, bittern and, of course, the marsh harrier.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is an impressive reserve, in terms of size, variety of habitats, number of species, facilities and land management. We were warmly welcomed at the visitor centre by volunteer Roger, who recommended the best routes for our walk. The number, size and condition of the hides is impressive. The paths are all in good condition. We saw lots of birds,... More

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girton
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is an amazing bird reserve which first opened in 1947.the reserve is tastefully improved every year and when you arrive you are given information about what birds have been seen that day as well as the location of the sightings.The views are spectacular and there are also plenty of experts on hand to help you spot the unusual

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Out first visit to RSPB Minsmere. The site is huge, with well-marked paths and a map to help you out too. There are lots of hides, of varying sizes, providing fantastic views of the birds. We were lucky enough to see the Little Crake without a 5-hour wait, so felt very smug about that! The cafe was lovely, and the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

1st visit to MInsmere, and we will be back. In addition to the reserve, if you have the time, Dunwick Heath is also worth a walk.

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Malvern Wells, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We enloyed our visit but unfortunately due to a heavy cold did not feel up to walking too far round the reserve. Good visitor centre and helpful staff. A rare bird was visiting so the restaurant was very busy. Worth a visit

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