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We took advantage of a dry but cloudy afternoon earlier this week to walk through the woods at Minsmere.  To those of you who don’t know, Minsmere is an RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) wildlife reserve situated on the coast in Suffolk.  We didn’t see many birds, though as the afternoon wore on and the crowds of visitors began to leave we began to hear more birdsong.

IMG_5857Sand martin burrows

The cliff behind the visitor centre with Sand Martin (Delichon urbica) burrows. I’m not sure what the larger holes are – probably rabbit burrows.

We went first to the ponds behind the visitor centre to see if there was any sign of the Bird’s-nest fungus that was discovered there last year.  I looked but didn’t see any though that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there!  I did see some lichen on the decking.

IMG_5852Cladonia  Lichen

One of the Cladonia lichens


More lichen was growing on the ground amongst the sparse grass and moss.

We saw lots of fungi on our walk but because of the low light many of my photographs didn’t come out very well and had to be erased.




Reeds in the pond near the visitor centre – mainly Great Reedmace/ Bulrush (Typha latifolia)

IMG_5858Chestnut tree

A bright Sweet Chestnut tree (Castanea sativa)

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IMG_5871The wood

A little pale sunshine filtered down through the trees

IMG_5874Path at Minsmere

I believe the section they have roped off here is where the Adders (Vipera berus) live.

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IMG_5869Bramble flowers

We saw plenty of Bramble flowers (Rubus fruticosus agg.)

IMG_5876The wood

There was dead wood everywhere

IMG_5877Richard and Elinor

Richard and Elinor watching the rabbits on Warren Hill

IMG_5878Warren Hill

Lots of rabbits live here. The birds of prey appreciate this!

IMG_5879Sun through trees

We saw more of the sun as we neared sunset


Sun on the reeds and rushes


Minsmere at sunset

IMG_5883The wood

Edge of the wood



IMG_5897Perhaps Lesser Water-parsnip

I think this may be Lesser Water-parsnip (Berula erecta) but I am probably wrong.

IMG_5898Lesser Water-parsnip

Here it is again showing its leaves


One of the many ponds


A fern

IMG_5903Holm oak

Holm or Evergreen Oak (Quercus ilex)


The bracken has turned such a rich colour

IMG_5910The wood

More dead wood

IMG_5914The wood

More colourful bracken


The last fungus we saw – in the carpark!

Thanks for visiting!