RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, near Westleton has been nominated as the UK’s favourite nature reserve in the prestigious BBC Countryfile Magazine annual awards.
RSPB spokesman, Ian Barthorpe, said: “It’s great news to hear that we’ve been nominated for this popular award. I know that if wildlife could vote, Minsmere would win. After all, without Minsmere it’s unlikely that species such as bitterns, marsh harriers, otters and the unusual antlion would continue to thrive in the UK. And more different species have been found at Minsmere than anywhere else.
photo credit: Chris Gomersall
“Of course, wildlife can’t vote, so it’s up to our visitors to help us to win, and I’m confident they’ll come up trumps. Minsmere offers so much to visitors, whatever their interest and knowledge. The countryside walks wind through superb coastal, wetland and heathland scenery. The exciting new Wild Zone and Discovery Centre are the perfect place for families to discover nature whilst having fun. And birdwatchers are able to get close to some of the UK’s rarest wildlife in several spacious hides.”
Voting for these awards closes on 1 June. For further details about all 12 categories and finalists, and how to vote, go to www.countryfile.com/awardsvote.