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Minsmere is a nature reserve comprising a variety of habitats including woodlands, marshes, heath and beach.

The diversity of habitats results in a superb range of birds with over 300 species including the elusive Bittern.

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Many wetlands are being restored after the loss of many of these habitats over the last century. They are amongst the very best places for spring wildlife.

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  • Wetlands are a must for nature lovers. They are especially good for bird watching and pond dipping.

Minsmere - Visitor Guide


Minsmere Reserve, Westleton, Saxmundham,

Postcode IP17
Telephone:RSPB Reserve - 01728 648281
Ordnance Survey:OS ref TM473672
Key attractions:

Bird watching - network of marked trails and hides. Guided walks.


Visitor centre. Tea room.

Essential kit:

The hides are located close to the birds, but to make the most of the view you'll need binoculars.


Binoculars are available for hire from the RSPB reserve for £2.50 per day.

Nature watching:

Spring is its best time of year for bird watching. One of the best ways of learning more about the birds is to join an early morning dawn chorus walk around the reserve (extra charge).

Access:Disabled access.
Getting there:

Located near Dunwich on the Suffolk coast.


Parking on site.

Opening times:

The reserve is open 9 am to dusk (or 9 pm if earlier). Visitor centre: 9am-5 PM (4pm between 1 November - 31 January).

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


Adults £5; children £1.50, concessions £3, family £10. Free to RSPB members.

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