|RSPB Bird Reserve Snettisham |
Distance from our doorstep: 4.8Miles
This is the place to witness two of the UK's great wildlife spectacles. On big tides, as water covers the vast mudflats of The Wash, tens of thousands of wading birds are pushed off their feeding grounds and onto the roost banks and islands in front of the RSPB hides.
In the middle of winter, a dawn or dusk visit may reward you with the sight of thousands of pinkfooted geese flying from their overnight roosts inland to feed. Large numbers of black-headed gulls and smaller numbers of common terns nest on the reserve in summer, when there is a spectacular display of shingle flowers.
Star Species: Avocet, Bar Tailed Godwit, Knot, Pink Footed Goose, Shelduck
Facilities: 4 hides accessible by wheelchair
Nature Trails: 1 about 3.5 miles long
|Holme Bird Observatory and Reserve|
Distance from our doorstep: 5.2 Miles
13 acres (5ha) of pine and scrub covered dunes between the shore and the Broadwater at Holme-next-the-Sea. This strategic position is a key migration point allowing the observation study of the various streams of migrants arriving, leaving or passing through the county. The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Since 1962 over 50,000 birds have been ringed and more than 300 species have been recorded. Visitors may watch the bird ringing when in progress. Besides birds the reserve has a range of different habitats and a number of Nationally scarce plants grow. There is a regular moth trapping programme and visitors interested in butterflies and dragonflies will not be disappointed.
Facilities: 5 hides (1 sea watching hide exclusive to members)
Observatory is closed on Mondays.
|RSPB Bird Reserve Titchwell Marsh|
Distance from our doorstep: 7 Miles
This popular reserve on the north Norfolk coast has something for everyone. A walk from the visitor centre down to the sandy beach takes you past reedbeds and shallow lagoons, which are often full of birds. You can sit on benches or watch from spacious, wheelchair-accessible hides.
In summer, marsh harriers float over the reeds, where bearded tits nest. On the lagoons are avocets, gulls and terns. In autumn and winter you can see up to 20 species of wading birds and lots of ducks and geese.
A well-stocked shop has a wide range of RSPB gifts and books and a large selection of telescopes and binoculars. There is a inside eating area selling hot and cold food and drinks, as well as snacks and locally-made cakes.
Star Species: Marsh Harrier, Bittern, Bearded Tit, Avocet, Redshank
Facilities: 3 hides accessible and a viewing platform on the edge of the dunes
Nature Trails: 3 accessible for wheel chairs - longest 0.6 miles
Distance from our doorstep: 9.5 Miles
Brancaster is a large area of coastal habitat, full of birdlife. The National Trust looks after an extensive area of saltmarsh, intertidal mud and sandflats, the site of the Roman fort of Branodonum and Scolt Head Island. The Activity Centre offers day courses for adults and families.
Scolt Head Island is a fantastic place to visit and is reached by a ferry from Burnham Overy Staithe, operating from April to September.
Star Species: brent geese, wigeon, oystercatchers, little egrets, curlew, shelduck, teal, knot, ring and grey plover, dunlin and turnstone
Facilities: Information Centre & Cycle Hire
Nature Trails: 0.6 miles on Scolt Head Island
|Sculthorpe Moor - Home to The Hawk & Owl Trust!|
Distance from our doorstep: 13.5 Miles
Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve was created by the Hawk and Owl Trust to protect and enhance the very special habitat in the Wensum Valley of Norfolk.
It includes the valley's only example of saw sedge wetland, a priority habitat for preservation in Europe.
Star Species: breeding marsh harriers, water rails, kingfishers and barn owls. Otters use its waterways and the fen is home to many species of dragonfly, butterfly and flowering plants.
|Pensthorpe Water Fowl Park and Nature Reserve |
Host to BBC Springwatch 2009
Distance from our doorstep: 17.5 Miles
Pensthorpe takes it role as the 'Natural Centre of Norfolk' very seriously: supporting a wide range of conservation activities. Pensthorpe offers tranquillity, hides - stunning settings for fantastic walks, opportunities to getting closer to a huge array of species, set against a spectacular backdrop of lakes, riverbanks, meadows, woodland, farmland and gardens
Star Species: Little Ringed Plover, Sandmartin, Marsh Harrier, Avocets, Redshank, Greenshank, Lapwings and Bittern, warbler species and other Summer migrants.
Facilities: 4 Gardens, Cafe Gift Shop,
Nature Trails: Guided Walks & Talks
Distance from our doorstep: 29 Miles
When travelling via the Coast Road this is a wonderful day out and worth the trip.
NWT Cley Marshes (covering 400 acres!) is Norfolk Wildlife Trusts oldest and best known nature reserve. It was purchased in 1926 making it the first Wildlife Trust reserve in the country. 2011 was its 85th anniversary!
A new eco-friendly visitor centre opened in 2007 containing a café, shop, viewing areas (including viewing from a camera on the reserve), exhibition area, interpretation and toilets
Star Species: large numbers of wintering and migrating Wildfowl and Waders, as well as Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Bearded Tit.
Distance from our doorstep: 30 Miles
Like Cley worth the travelling via the Coast Road with the added excitement of seeing the seals.
A 3 mile long paradise of nature due to its isolation, and a noted geographical landmark - a shingle spit. Seals breed on the sandbanks off the spit and it is a summer home and nesting place for terns.Good for passage migrants, including many scarce and rare species.
Wide open spaces and uninterrupted views of the natural and dynamic coastline make for an inspiring visit to Blakeney, at any time of the year. The moving tides, covering pristine saltmarsh or exposing the harbour, combined with the varying light of Norfolk's big skies, create an ever-changing scene.
Book your Seal Trip with Beans Boat Trips 01263-741306