The views across the reserve are fantastic. I didn't get to hear a bittern booming as I'd hoped to, but I did see 3 fly over from one of the hides which was an incredible sight.
Minsmere has many different habitats including reed beds and wetlands where I saw many avocets and avocet chicks.
Those of you who watched the Springwatch series will know that an unlikely star of the show turned out to be a 5cm long stickleback, named by the presenters as Spineless Si. From the boardwalk to the Island Mere hide it was really easy to see him as the cameras indicated where he was - I couldn't get a photo of him due to the placement of the camera and the sun, but i did get this one of his 'friend' Frisky Phil (the object in the top right of the photo is the underwater camera filming him).
I walked for miles, not just watching birds and sticklebacks but also enjoying the wild flowers including this southern marsh orchid.
I also tested the cafe out and confirm that the cake is excellent (well it was my birthday!),
and whilst I ate it I sat and watched the sand martins flying in and out of the cliffs.
I saw lots of other wildlife, including a great white egret and a crested grebe. It was a fabulous day and I can honestly say it's one of the best birthdays I've ever had.
If you ever get the chance to visit Minsmere I can highly recommend it, it's part of an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes 155 square miles of wetlands, heaths, woodlands, coastline and pretty towns, managed by the RSPB, the National Trust and Suffolk Wildlife Trust amongst others - you could easily spend a week here and not get bored!