RSPB Minsmere is a nature reserve in Suffolk. It has a large range of habitats including, open water, heathland, grassland, woods and reed beds all hosting a huge variety of mammals, birds and insects.
Minsmere is one of the fews places in the UK where Bitterns breed. Bitterns are quite difficult to see, but it was one of the birds I was hoping to find while I was there. Luckily it didn’t take long to spot my first Bittern from the Bittern hide.
One of the other birds that I was hoping to see was the Avocet. The Avocet is a wading bird that uses its upturned beak to locate invertebrates either on the surface of the water or the mud.
On the reserve there are several breeding Marsh harriers.
I spent a while in the hide where Otters are sometimes spotted but unfortunately didn’t see any Otters or Water vole during my visit. There were plenty of rabbits on the reserve, both adults and young.
Around the reserve they were plenty of other birds to see, all busy feeding chicks and flying in and out of the many bird boxes, nests and trees, close to the footpaths.