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BBC Springwatch comes to RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

Written by Andrew Woodhouse on

RSPB Minsmere will host the 10th Anniversary of BBC Springwatch

Situated on the beautiful Suffolk Coast within a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), RSPB Minsmere near Dunwich is currently gearing up to host the 10th anniversary series of BBC Springwatch which will be broadcast from 26th May 2014.

This wonderful Suffolk RSPB reserve is a sanctuary to many different wildlife species including bittern, otters, marsh harriers, red deer, butterflies, avocets, badger and various migrant birds. Reserve Manager, Adam Rowlands, has promised BBC viewers a "jam-packed series" due to the site's rich biodiversity.

RSPB Minsmere is a fantastic natural attraction for the whole family to visit offering a variety of facilities including a Wild Zone, visitor centre and nature trails. On the 26th May 2014, the reserve will welcome regular BBC Springwatch presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games in addition to former Springwatch presenter Bill Oddie.

RSPB Minsmere is one of the richest areas for wildlife in the UK with more than 5,600 species on site and the BBC Springwatch wildlife crew have been carefully rigging up cameras on the reserve's lagoon over the last few weeks in a series of specially-built hides. Cameras will also be carefully placed around the nests of oystercatchers, terns, lapwings and avocets allowing live footage of the birds as they feed and care for their young chicks.

RSPB Minsmere’s resident family of badgers will also be filmed using high spec night-vision cameras which will allow an insight in to their lives, both above and below ground.

Springwatch returns to BBC Two at 8pm from Monday to Thursday night, 26th May to 12th June 2014.

Please note that when you book a Suffolk cottage with us, you'll receive a reduced-entry e-voucher for RSPB Minsmere which allows 2 adults and up to 3 children entry for the price of 1 adult. We also offer visitors the opportunity to stay right inside the RSPB Minsmere reserve itself at Scott’s Hall Cottage. For more details on our Minsmere cottages and to check availability click here

Suffolk Secrets also has a great choice of VisitEngland assessed cottages in several beautiful Suffolk villages close to the RSPB Minsmere reserve. These include our cottages in Eastbridge (approximately 1.8 miles away*), Westleton (approximately 2.5 miles away) and Dunwich (approximately 3 miles away). *Distances are approximate based on Google Map distances.

Note - RE: Opening Hours
RSPB Minsmere will be open as usual throughout the Springwatch broadcast period although there will be temporary closures of small areas of the reserve when the show is live on air (from 8pm).  The reserve is open from dawn to dusk - so visitors can avoid the busier periods by coming in early.

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