Minsmere celebrates 75-year anniversary


RSPB Minsmere celebrated its 75th birthday in late April, with site managers stating that the reserve has "far exceeded" its goal of creating a haven for rare wildlife.

The famous reserve on the Suffolk coast provides a habitat for more than 6,000 species. Minsmere, the RSPB said, reflects four national conservation priorities: reedbeds, wet grassland, shingle vegetation and lowland heath.

Avocet is one of many species that thrives at Minsmere (Paul Coombes).

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Rare species once on the brink of extirpation from the Britain, such as Avocet and Eurasian Bittern, have flourished there. On 25 April 1947, RSPB Minsmere became the fourth reserve to be created by the RSPB, when the charity signed a management agreement with the Ogilvie Estate. The RSPB has grown massively since then an how has more than 170 reserves nationwide.

"In this current world, where many wildlife habitats are under threat from climate change and developers, places like Minsmere are needed to cherish our natural surroundings and truly appreciate how amazing wildlife is," said Nick Forster, senior site manager at RSPB Minsmere.

"RSPB Minsmere teems with rare wildlife species, such as bittern, Bearded Tit, Dartford Warbler, otter, Red Deer and Adder, to name just a few," the charity added.

"Not only are we proud that Minsmere has reached this milestone, but we are proud that the work put in by staff and volunteers throughout the years has really paid off, creating this extraordinary site for nature and for people to visit."