You will find out about all the exciting stuff going on with the RSPB in the east of the UK. We cover our sites in the following counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, and some of our great Lincolnshire ones. So if you are if you have never heard of the Strumpshaws and Snettishams or Stour Estuary or Sutton Fens here is you chance.
Blogger: Gena Correale-Wardle, Community Fundraising Officer
Beaches. No, I’m not being un-PC and derogatory in a Mexican accent. Neither am I talking about the weepy with Bette Midler. I’m talking about that age-old combination of sand and sea. The thing holiday memories are made of along with the scent of chip grease and vinegar and the crunch of sand in your sandwiches.
I love going to the beach. I love how diverse they are in terms of wildlife and scenery, from dunes and pine forests to soaring cliff faces. But I also like how you know what you’re going to get when you go there. A great experience that is just as brilliant whether you are jumping about in 6ft waves off the US coast dodging jellyfish in your swimsuit, or wrapped up warm watching the gulls as the wind batters you along the Cromer cliffs.
The beach is a magical place. I know how lucky I am to live within half an hour of the sea, especially when my friends from more inland locales visit and the only thing on their ‘to do’ list is a walk along the beach. I go all year through, although winter is my favourite time to go. The feeling of getting wrapped up, putting on a sturdy pair of shoes and going for a walk where you are buffeted by the elements for as long as you can stand is one of my absolute favourite things.
Plus a trip to the coast brings all kinds of wildlife treats and surprises. From a colony of seals with their pups at Horsey, shell hunting at Titchwell Marsh, discovering the Dickensian salt marshes of South Essex, to a washed up whale on Hunstanton beach. Look up and you’ll see all sorts of fabulous seabirds. Look down and you will find all manner of beach booty from shells and driftwood to crab carcases and sea cabbage.
And after a good walk along the beach, your legs aching from navigating the pebbly terrain or the steep cliff climb, you can reward yourself with a cup of tea and a tray of chips! Is there anything better?
Wherever you live, try and make it out to the beach at least once this winter. I promise that it will not only blow out all the cobwebs but it will invigorate your soul to be out there with nature and the elements. Get outdoors, get some sea air in your lungs and be glad that we live on an island with so many miles of amazing coastline.
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Blogger: Sarah Green, Project Coordinator - Natura People Partnership Project
We are very pleased to announce that Agellus Hotels have become the first corporate members for Minsmere!
Corporate membership for Minsmere is a new initiative we have developed for Suffolk businesses (or perhaps businesses beyond Suffolk who particularly Minsmere). We have been offering opportunities for businesses to support the whole RSPB for a number of years now, but have decided that now is the time to specialise. If you run a business and feel a particular affinity for Minsmere you can now support the reserve directly.
Agellus Hotels operate four hotels across East Anglia, and the two they have chosen for membership are The Westleton Crown (only a mile away from Minsmere) and the Ship at Dunwich. The Natura People partnership stayed at the Crown in November for our six monthly project management meetings, and I can confirm that it’s lovely! The building is a beautiful old coaching inn and the food is glorious, with a good vegetarian selection (not something I am accustomed to saying!).
We’d like to thank Agellus Hotels for supporting us and our fight to save Suffolk’s wildlife.
So, what do businesses get if they choose to join us? Benefits vary according to the level of support given, but generally we can offer the following:
Free gift such as a feeding station, wildlife book and Birds magazine
Pin badge box
Invites to networking events
Wildlife walks and talks
Use of reserve meeting room facilities
Team challenge days
VIP safari at Minsmere
Publicity through our social media platforms
Recognition on our website
At the time of writing RSPB Minsmere and RSPBintheEast share 1341 facebook fans and 6444 twitter followers. The blogs get on average 1344 hits a month. If you want to demonstrate your support for nature and raise your profile amongst our visitors, corporate membership can help you do this.
Team challenges, use of reserve facilities, wildlife walks and talks and the safari can be used how you like – to reward your staff or as an activity with a difference for your business partners and customers.
If you want to find out more about this opportunity please contact Neil Santy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Credit: Eleanor Bentall (rspb-images.com)
Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer
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Download our attached Frequently Asked Questions document on the subject and give us a shout if you have any more questions.