Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve is owned and managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at Minsmere, Suffolk.

Minsmere Nature Reserve RSPB

The 1,000-hectare site has been managed by the RSPB since 1947 and covers areas of reed bed, lowland heath, acid grassland, wet grassland, woodland and shingle vegetation. It lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Suffolk Heritage Coast area. It is conserved as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area and Ramsar site. Minsmere Nature Reserve is only a stones throw away from Sizewell nuclear power station 

Minsmere boasts a stunning mix of woodland, wetland and coastal habitats that perfectly represent the amazing variety of wildlife and landscape on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Situated just 17 minutes by car from the Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, Minsmere is an excellent day out when visiting Suffolk.


Whenever you visit you’ll always find plenty to enjoy.  Choose an idyllic walk or pause to watch the impressive diversity of wildlife.

A superb variety of birds breed here, or simply pass through Minsmere on their migrations and among the many common species you can find here, you might glimpse shy otters or hear the deep booming calls of bitterns in spring.  The colours are ever changing too, from golden winter reeds to vibrant summer flowers, beautiful bugs and berry-laden autumn bushes.

Discover nature together in the Wild Zone, explore the Wild Wood Adventure, or visit the Wildlife Lookout. The volunteers are here to help you have an enjoyable visit, so you will want to return again and again.

Finding your way around Minsmere

From the visitors centre and car park the trails take you through a variety of different habitats, bringing you closer to some of Minsmere’s most interesting wildlife, from the impressive red deer tiny insects, familiar blue tits to elusive bitterns. 

Minsmere Nature Reserve RSPB
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