Autumn Ambles in Suffolk
For the everyday walk, by all means stride out on a tried and tested route along some of the 3,500 miles of footpaths in Suffolk, but you could also mix it up a bit and try some of our suggestions below...
The Magic of Minsmere
Birdwatching can be very rewarding during the autumn and winter and a series of walks is scheduled at the RSPB Minsmere nature reserve on Suffolk's coast. What can visitors expect to see at this time of year? Ian Barthorpe, Marketing and Publicity Officer at Minsmere and a keen birdwatcher himself, explains:
“The main highlights of our Magic of Minsmere walks are huge flocks of colourful ducks on the Scrape; tits, finches and thrushes in the woods/scrub; bearded tits and marsh harriers in the reedbed, and superb coastal and wetland scenery. Winter is also a great time to see otters and bitterns. Our guided walks don’t usually visit the reedbed hides, but it’s worth heading out to these hides after your walk in search of these usually shy creatures. If you stay till dusk you may see marsh harriers, Bewick’s swans or up to 50,000 starlings coming in to roost.”
A murmuration of starlings is a wonderful thing to behold and worth staying on for. Warm up in between stints of birdwatching with a tasty choice of cakes, snacks and soups in the on-site cafe.
The Magic of Minsmere walks take place on Tuesdays until the 20th of December. Starting at 9.30am, they last for two to three hours and cost £9 for adults and £4 for children (plus normal entry fees to the reserve for non-RSPB members).Starling murmuration at RSPB Minsmere (c) Airwolfhound