Reserve News Updates
June is usually a quieter time of year on the reserve for birds, so our focus turns to the other amazing wildlife which is out and about during these warmer and longer days. The flowers are looking fantastic and our reserve is carpeted in the purple spikes of vipers bugloss, pink foxgloves and the yellow-horned poppy. Our wildflower meadows are providing a much needed food source for our bees, butterflies and moths. We also have a number of orchids on display, including the southern marsh orchid and the pyramidal orchid. Join our wildflower walk on Saturday 22nd June to learn more about these amazing plants!
More dragonflies are out now, there are many different species of these large flying ...
It is no surprise that the RSPB Minsmere reserve is our most visited destination for our group coach trips -it is a wonderful place with its varied mosaic of habitats situated on the Suffolk heritage coastline. A prominent landmark seen from the reserve is the white dome of Sizewell B power station owned and operated by EDF Energy.
EDF are currently have consultation out for the building of a third nuclear power station on the Sizewell estate. This could be a huge threat to this special place. Despite years of the RSPB working with EDF to try to minimise the impacts on nature, EDF still have not provided sufficient evidence that their proposals will not have a significant impact on Minsmere.
Important notice from the RSPB:With immediate effect, we are no longer able to accept donations of used postage stamps.We are very grateful for any continued donations of stamp collections, first day covers and albums. These will be sent of our UK Headquarters for monthly sale by a specialist auction house.Thank you for all your support helping us stamp out albatross deaths. If you have been collecting postage stamps over the Christmas period, thank you, but as we are no longer able to accept them please dispose them in your waste and / or recycling system.Paul
Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Saturday, 22 June at Oare Marshes. Meet in the car park ME13 0QD (TR013647) Reed beds alive with small birds, reed buntings, bearded tits & warblers. Ducks with young. The meeting starts at 10am and will finish around 4pm. Leaders: Hazel & Steve
Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Sunday, 9 June at Thursley Common NNR Meet in The Moat car park GU8 6LW (SU899416). This is a special habitat with hobby, redstart, woodlark and Dartford warbler as well as numerous dragonfly species. The meeting starts at 10am and will finish around […]
The group met up at Thursley common on Sunday, which was the best day of the week weather wise. Thursley common National Nature Reserve is the largest and most important heathland area in Surrey. It has a mosaic of open dry heathland, peat bogs, ponds, and pine and deciduous woodlands. […]
Last Tuesday the group visited the RSPB reserve at Cliffe Pools. We were greeted in the car part by a nightingale in full song – a rather good start to the day. The breeding colony of black – headed gulls on the islands was very impressive (and noisy!) with about […]