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Pond dipping at RSPB Minsmere

Come along and find some of the most fantastic and ferocious beasts that live beneath the surface – will you be lucky enough to find mighty dragonfly nymphs, Water Scorpions or the magnificent Great Silver Diving Beetles?

Take care and you may even spot the family of Water Voles that live in the pond. Our expert volunteers will be on hand to help show you what to do and identify what you find, and all equipment is provided.

Each session will last for 30 minutes, with sessions starting every 15 minutes from 10 am to 3.30 pm, apart from over lunch. Only one family per session, so there will be a maximum of three families taking part at any time.

Places are limited so we strongly recommend booking in advance. Tickets may be available on the day, subject to spaces.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your booked session to allow time to reach the pond.

Note: tickets go on sale no earlier than six months before the event date.



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, these are events are ideal for all families. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult please.

Do I need to accompany my child?

Yes please. All children under 18 must be accompanied for the event. A maximum of two adults per family can attend each pond dipping session.

Can I buy a ticket on the day?

Yes, subject to availability. As only family can book on each 30 minute session, demand is likely to be high, so we recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment.


I am not an RSPB member, can I still attend?

Yes, non-members are welcome. Tickets for pond dipping include one free adult per child. Usual reserve entry fees (£9) apply for any additional non member adults. If you decide the join the RSPB then you receive free entry to all RSPB nature reserves and discounted tickets for events. Please ask about membership at reception. Join 1.2 million members who are helping to protect wildlife and the special places they live. Explore some of the UK’s most treasured landscapes and seek out some of our most iconic wildlife with unlimited free access into 170 nature reserves.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Minsmere is signposted from the A12 and the village of Westleton (two miles away). On arrival there is a large, free car park, and cycle racks. The nearest train station is Darsham, four miles away. There are toilets in the visitor centre


What can I bring into the event?

All pond dipping equipment is provided. Please do not bring your own nets as you won't be able to use them in our pond. We recommend suitable outdoor clothing for your visit. If you are also planning a walk, please bring your own binoculars and camera if you have them, or hire binoculars from the shop. You may wish to carry a drink and/or snack. The reserve cafe will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. No dogs, except registered assistance dogs please


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email or call us on 01728 648281 for further details. All bookings must be made on line


What's the refund policy?

If we cancel an event for any reason you will receive a full refund and we will give you as much notice as practicable. Should you need to cancel, then you receive a full refund up to three days before the event, after which no refund is available. Cancellations must be made by calling us on 01728 648281 between 9 am and 4 pm. Alternatively, we will happily transfer your ticket to another event of the same title. If you are unable to attend on the day, please call us to let us know so that our guides don’t wait for you.  


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring you ticket or email confirmation with you. RSPB members should bring their membership cards with them please. 

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

You can transfer your booking to another event up to one week before the event.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please include the names of all people who will be attending when making a booking

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