Our first wildlife trip of the new school year is to East Anglia and the RSPB reserve at Minsmere. This is a residential trip, available to pupils in the Remove year and above, which will offer the usual combination of wildlife watching and photography, with instruction offered in both.
Early autumn at Minsmere offers a chance to see the last of the summer sights: young which have fledged can still be seen around the pools, and less common species such as Bitterns and Marsh Harriers can be seen in flight. Butterflies and dragonflies are still around in the warm early-autumn air, and as the migration season begins, a huge number of wading birds can be seen on the shores ('scrape'). While September is early for the actual 'rutting' season, deer can be seen around the reserve. We may listen in the early morning for the distinctive call of Bearded Tits in the reed-beds, or try to catch Kingfishers in action on the edge of the pools. Images on this page were all taken during our previous trips to Minsmere.
We will depart at 1pm on Friday 16th, travelling by minibus / people carrier from the front of school. Pupils attending the trip must clear with their scheduled Friday afternoon activity for that day that they have permission of absence. We will return late afternoon - early evening on Sunday (estimated 5-6 pm), though we will ask pupils to contact you via phone on our return journey to confirm our ETA back at school.
The entire trip, including travel, accommodation for 2 nights with breakfast, and entry to reserves, will be £150. Pupils will also want some spending money for snacks, for dinner on Friday evening and for lunch at Minsmere on Saturday. They can of course bring any other snacks with them, as desired.
We will stay overnight in The Ship at Dunwich, where we will stay for two nights including breakfast. We may also choose to have dinner there on one of the nights.
Pupils will need overnight equipment including:
Sleeping bag (as some rooms may be doubles, rather than twins)
change of clothes (for evenings / 'down time')
And for time spent out in the field, they will require warm outdoor clothing, and especially the following:
good walking boots*
layered (thermal) clothing including hat and gloves
Note that the school can provide any starred item listed above: we will contact pupils on their school email address with the date and time of kit issue.
Places can be booked as usual on the SchoolGateway system. Please note that there is a limit of 8 pupils for the trip, and once that limit has been reached the trip will no longer be available on the system.
Pupils and parents should both read the information on the Trips 'About' page (our 'Terms & Conditions') very carefully, especially regarding communication with pupils once a booking has been made: pupils must check their email to receive important updates, especially concerning the kit list and the date and time of kit issue.