View from Bittern Hide at Minsmere by Geoff and Hilary Welch.
Bittern by Chris Gomersall

Avocets – by Ian Barthorpe
For a great day out in beautiful scenery, why not visit RSPB Minsmere nature reserve? The visitor centre includes a shop and tearoom, and there is an extensive guided walks programme throughout the year, to help you to learn more about the reserve’s wildlife.

Minsmere is the best place in Britain to look for bitterns, while marsh harriers should be seen on any visit. During spring and summer, you can see avocets and common terns nesting on the Scrape.

Nightingales sing during the spring, and in autumn, the rutting red deer make an impressive sight. Winter is an excellent time to visit the Suffolk coast, with thousands of ducks on the reserve, and large starling flocks at dusk.

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve, Westleton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3BY
For more information, ring 01728 648281 or visit the RSPB website.

Aerial photo of Minsmere by Chris Gomersall (

Where to Stay
Mill Hill Barn, Saxmundham

A Suffolk Oak Barn, now converted to the highest standards for your every need and comfort, all to the Tourist Board’s highest grade of 5-Diamonds and coveted Gold Award.

3 luxurious en-suite rooms, and magnificent public areas just waiting to be shared with you whilst visiting Suffolk’s Heritage Coast.

Mill Hill Barn is central for the RSPB reserves at Minsmere, Snape Maltings concert halls and the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo as well as the Suffolk coast.

Mile Hill Barn, Main Road, North Green, Kelsale, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2RG. Tel: 01728 668519
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