On Monday 12 August, RSPB Minsmere’s café will be closed all day as staff and volunteers will be attending the funeral of our colleague, Chris Offin. The visitor centre and shop will be open for light snacks, and family events will run as normal.

Chris was a Catering Assistant at Minsmere for more than 21 years and was one of the longest serving members of the team. He was a dedicated member of the team, becoming a master maker of the famous ‘Minsmere Cheese Scone’ and ‘Chris' Homemade Bread Pudding’, which sustained many birdwatchers over the years.

Chris' death is a huge loss to the staff and volunteers at Minsmere. Chris was loved by colleagues and visitors and will be remembered fondly for his infectious laughter and smile.

Chris was a remarkable man, and made a real difference to his colleagues, visitors and nature conservation at Minsmere.

The Minsmere team are pulling together at this difficult time, and our hearts and thoughts are with his family and friends.