Wildzone at Minsmere

RSPB’s Top 5 things to do in nature in East Anglia this summer

Encounter exotic swallowtails at Strumpshaw Fen

Swallowtail Butterfly

The swallowtail is Britain’s largest and most exotic looking butterfly, and is found exclusively in The Broads area of Norfolk and Suffolk. Stunning to look at, the swallowtail, like other butterflies, has a fascinating life-cycle. The female butterflies lay their eggs on milk parsley, which grows around the edge of the alkaline water of fens. When the eggs hatch the caterpillars feed on the milk parsley until them are ready to pupate and transform into adult butterflies. Now is the time to get out and search for adult swallowtails and Strumpshaw Fen is without doubt one of the best places to see them.

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Get on a boat to Suffolk’s only island

Stone Curlew - RSPB

Havergate Island, at the mouth of the River Ore, has the honour of being Suffolk only coastal island, which gives this nature reserve a very special feeling and a mix of plants and animals all of its own. Only accessible by boat on a selected number of days each year, the RSPB offers a limited people the opportunity to visit the unique nature reserve in summer months with a range of guided walks and photography trips. The island is home to brown hares, wading birds find food and shelter in its lagoons, and the grassland is rich in butterflies including skippers, small coppers, wall and meadow browns. For those looking for and extra-special wildlife experience.

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Explore nature in a wonderful wildlife garden at Flatford

Searching for creepy crawlies

Flatford is renowned for its picturesque mill, Willy Lot’s cottage, and its close association with one of our most celebrated landscape painters, John Constable. In the midst of this setting lies the RSPB’s Flatford Wildlife Garden- a hidden treasure where children and families are able to explore the wonders of wildlife in a garden designed to bring people of all ages closer to nature by creating homes for birds, bugs and other wild creatures. With interactive trails, games and challenges, and new things to discover around every corner, Flatford Wildlife Garden and the surrounding countryside make for the perfect family day out.

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Visit the home of Springwatch to see what the wildlife in our most diverse nature in the UK is up to in the summer

Marsh Harrier at RSPB Minsmere

Minsmere is one of the country’s richest and most diverse sites for wildlife, with more than 5,000 different species recorded on the reserve to date. Not only can you encounter rare birds like bitterns and marsh harriers, stone-curlews and bearded tits, but otters and water voles live in the lagoons, and ponds, and it’s all within easily accessible distance from the fantastic visitor centre, children’s Discovery Centre and cafe, with its near legendary cakes! There really is something for everyone here, and for accessibility to nature for people of all abilities it is second to none.

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Just get outside and enjoy nature!

RSPB Nature Trail

If you can’t get to a nature reserve, don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you have to miss on being able to enjoy spending time outside exploring the natural world. Nature and wildlife is all around us, in the countryside, in towns and cities, at home, at work, at school. There is never a bad time or place to take the opportunity to spend a little time looking for it where you are. You can even encourage it to come to you by creating homes for nature, whether it’s planting flowers for bees and butterflies, making a pond for frogs and newts, or building a shelter for hedgehogs.

Take the time to look at the wildlife you can see out of your window and find out what you can do to attract more by visiting www.rspb.org.uk

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