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Discovering nature this Easter

Spring is in the air this Easter holiday. Daffodils and crocuses are in bloom, butterflies are fluttering, and the birds are warming up their singing voices as the dawn chorus builds towards its crescendo later in the breeding season. So what better time for families to get out and explore the wonderful wildlife on their doorsteps and reconnect with nature in their local nature reserves?

Bittern-in-the-reeds-2-Chris-Gomersall-(rspb-images.com)Study after study has found that the current generation of children is missing out on spending time outdoors and is less connected with the natural environment than any generation before it

Family-friendly activities on nature reserves are a great way to discover, learn about and most of all have fun in nature, and there is plenty happening for kids- big and small- on the RSPB’s nature reserves in Suffolk this Easter weekend and throughout the school holiday.

Flatford Wildlife Garden, in the heart of Constable Country, opens for the season on Good Friday, 25th March, with a whole holiday full of fun nature activities, from bird mask making and food foraging games, to natural craft workshops and pond-dipping. The garden is open seven days a week from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and there’s no need to book for any of the Easter activities, just turn up and join in! Plan your visit at www.rspb.org.uk/flatford

Minsmere nature reserve, on the Suffolk Coast, is offering the chance to explore the world of birdsong with Planet Birdsong (booking essential), and see live bird ringing demonstrations with the Waveney Bird Club. For details of these and lots more Easter holiday activities at the RSPB’s flagship reserve visit www.rspb.org.uk/minsmere
On the other side of the county, Lakenheath Fen nature reserve is holding a Family Fun Day on Sunday 3 April, from 10am-4pm. Meet the highland cows that help manage the reserve! Build a bird feeder, hunt for mini-beast, and see what you can find by dipping into the reserve’s wildlife pond. No booking required. Find out more at www.rspb.org.uk/lakenheathfen

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