Wildlife in my local patch

Hampshire UK

Visit to Minsmere RSPB Reserve

My cousin Joe has been working as a Summer Warden for Natural England at Benacre reserve Tern Colony in Suffolk. As its the summer holidays we decided to go see him on his days off so that he could show us around and also so that we could have a look around Minsmere RSPB reserve.

The weather was pretty rubbish (really windy and quite cold with showers) so we weren’t too lucky with what we saw but we were so impressed by the sheer scale of Minsmere. We spent a whole day and a half there and enjoyed all the hides. There were lots of avocets, godwits, egrets and other waders. We briefly saw a Marsh harrier being blown over the reed beds but we didn’t see a bittern or the otters which we were hoping for.

Joe has been managing the tern colony at Benacre National Nature Reserve just south of Warbleswick on the coast at Suffolk over the summer. They’ve actually had one of the most successful seasons for years so he is really pleased.  Have a look at his blog post about it.

Author: Jackson Hellewell

Jackson is a young person with an active interest in natural history. He has been asked to be a Local Patch Reporter, writing a regular nature blog about the wildlife in his area for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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