When it comes to bird watching, you really should come to Norfolk

Posted 16/10/2017

Some great destinations for you to explore.

Are you a dedicated Twitcher, who knows all about birds, and possibly books your holiday around your bird-watching? Or are you a holidaymaker who would like to spend some time bird-watching? Or maybe you’re booking a break for the family, and, now you think about it, bird-watching could be a good idea to get the kids interested in something different. And cheap.

In Norfolk it doesn’t matter. There are so many beautiful places to watch birds that, whatever your level of knowledge, there’s bound to be somewhere to appeal to you.

If you fancy a really nice walk, to simply watch the birds as you go, then start with The Norfolk Coast Path. The 4 miles or so between Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Overy Staithe is not only part of the designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) it’s a fantastic place to see out over the marshes to spot migrating and residential birds.

Still in North Norfolk, you have to go to Cley Marshes. It’s the oldest nature reserve in The Norfolk Wildlife Trust, and world famous. The landscape has been wonderfully preserved. It’s a perfect slice of North Norfolk and a perfect spot to see wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders. It’s not uncommon to spot marsh harriers, bittern and bearded tits here either, so it’s definitely worth the visit.

The HOLKHAM NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE is, quite frankly, spectacular. Saltmarsh, dunes, pinewoods, a rugged panorama of huge coastal wetlands – it’s a birdwatchers paradise. A great big piece of Norfolk, rolling out across the landscape from Burnham Norton to Blakeney, it’s 3700 hectares of nature.

There are car parks and footpaths which means it’s all really navigable. As to the birds, Puffinus mauretanicus have been spotted here. Need we say more?

If coots, grebe, swans and geese are the sort of species you like to see then you’ll love Barton Broad. It’s on this Broad that Lord Nelson learned to sail. Yes, really. Britain’s most famous naval hero learned to sail on Norfolk’s Barton Broad.

There’s a boardwalk and viewing point to help you explore the Broad nowadays.

When it comes to viewing points you’ll be seriously impressed by the one at Ranworth Broad Conservation Centre. It’s thatched. And it’s floating! On the edge of the Broad it’s ideal not just for viewing and bird watching, but also for learning about the local geography and history. It’s packed with things to see and do.

Ranworth isn’t the largest of the Norfolk Broads. But Hickling is! And Hickling Broad Nature Reserve is a top choice for bird watching. Booming bitterns and bearded tits can be spotted in the reed beds at Hickling. Crested grebes are not uncommon on the Broad, and marsh harriers are regularly seen. Others spotted at Hickling include avocet, osprey and spoonbill. In recent years common cranes have returned to the Broad to nest.

From Broads to Hoards. Snettisham is world famous for the Iron Age and Roman treasure hoards found there. But it’s also home to the RSPB’s Snettisham Nature Reserve. And that’s a treasure trove for bird watchers. Flights of over 50,000 wading birds have been seen from Snettisham’s hides.

For autumn birdwatchers the RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve offers the chance to see curlew sandpipers. Winter there brings pink footed geese.

With so many places to see and watch birds, and we’ve not even mentioned Pensthorpe Natural Park, the RSPB Reserve at Strumpshaw Fen, or Scuthorpe Moor, it’s worth your while checking online before you visit. It will help plan your trip. There’s loads of information available.

Our staff at Woodland Holiday Park  are always pleased to help too. After all, they know the area, because we’re situated in wonderful north Norfolk. In fact we’re only a few minutes walk from the Norfolk Coast Path. And that makes us a great place to stay when you’re planning a bird watching holiday. We’re close enough to nature for you to enjoy it, and packed with creature comforts so that you can relax.

Relax between the days of walking and bird spotting that is, because you’ll have a lot of ground to cover. Did we mention Berney Marshes and Breydon Water? Or Foxley Wood?