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An Introduction to Norfolk Birding

Norfolk is renowned as probably the best all round county for birding in the UK. This is based mostly on its reserves and other protected areas because the farmland is some of the most intensively used around. Sticking out into the North Sea it is well placed to receive more than its fair share of migrants in season. These can turn up anywhere, but mainly along the coast. Areas with isolated bushes or other cover provide the best chance of seeing passerines. The Broads and other wetland areas have many breeding birds that are scarce or missing in other parts of the country such as bitterns, marsh harriers bearded tits, and avocets. Winter brings very large flocks of pink-footed and Brent geese and the only regular bean geese, along with spectacular gatherings of knot and other waders in the Wash.

Its location also makes it one of the top counties fro rarities which turn up in Autumn and Spring and bring even more birders to the coast. The well-watched reserves at Holme, Titchwell, Cley and so forth, have more than their share of rarities and scarce birds. However, Norfolk is also a great county for birds under pressure in many other parts of the UK such as Barn Owls; as its narrow lanes and vast agricultural areas keep road casulaties to a minimum. Some of the best known sites appear below.

Top Sites

Cley - Blakeney Point

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The NWT reserve at Cley is similar to Titchwell with a number of hides overlooking scrapes that attract if anything an even greater range of waders. Nearby habitats include heath land with nightjars and nightingales, salt marsh east and west, and the shingle bank with scrub particularly at Salthouse just east of Cley attracts recently arrived migrants and in winter snow buntings. Walking west from Cley you move onto the National Trust reserve of Blakeney point. This is a shingle spit 3½ miles long with low cover that can hold freshly arrived migrants for a day or two. At the point itself there is a colony of several thousand sandwich, common and little terns.

Great Yarmouth - Breydon Water

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Amongst the urban desert of Great Yarmouth the cemetery can hold very high densities of migrants, red-flanked bluetail and little bunting have both been recorded. Try north and south of the road. The beach particularly between the two piers regularly holds 10+ Mediterranean gulls. Breydon water is a large landlocked estuary that has 1000s of waders (lapwings, golden plovers, black tailed godwits) in winter, and attracts some rarities, but views onto the mud are always distant. Paths run all the way along either side and Berney Arms, an RSPB reserve of flooded grazing marsh, is at the south west corner.

Hickling

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This broad is surrounded by very extensive reed beds and is owned by NWT and English Nature. The access from the south is along the Weavers Way footpath. The north side is the NWT reserve. Most reed bed birds can be seen including occasionally bittern. Smew are regular in winter.

Holme

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This NWT and NOA reserve consists of coastal dunes, scrub, a few pines, and several small scrapes with hides. For birders the main attraction is its potential for migrants e.g. bluethroats and Rüppel's warbler.

Kelling

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Kelling is located just to the east of Salthouse. The Quags is an NOA reserve and is an area of freshwater marsh and flooded pools. It is good for wildfowl and waders and also gets the occasional Bittern. The scrubby areas are good for migrants during passage. Inland, Kelling Heath is a good area for Woodlark and occasionally gets Nightjar and Nightingale.

Lyndford Arboretum

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Hawfinches can occur here in winter but they do tend to move around from year to year.

Santon Downham

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This gives access to pine plantations where woodlark and crossbill occur.

Sheringham

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The shelter on the sea front here provides probably the best sea watching in Norfolk after strong northerly or north-westerly storms in late summer or early autumn. Other sites in the UK are probably better but this is one of the only ones where the sun is always behind you. The 4 skuas, Manx, sooty and Mediterranean shearwater, 4 grebes, and both petrels are all easily possible.

Snettisham RSPB

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This RSPB reserve gives access to several pits which as well as attracting wintering wildfowl are the high tide roost site for very large numbers of knot and bar tailed godwits from the wash. Follow signs from A149 onto Beach Road, from here follow brown tourist signs into new RSPB car park. From here a path takes you alongside one of the old gravel diggings and up onto the edge of The Wash, continue south until you reach the Rotary Hide. There is a circular walk around the four hides from here. To get the most out of a visit to this reserve you should come on a big high tide. Colour coded Birdwatchers Tide Tables are produced each October by the RSPB, these also contain information on the best conditions to witness the spectacular midwinter dawn fight of tens of thousands of pink footed geese. To get a copy of these tide tables. send a SAE and two first class stamps to RSPB, 43 Lynn Road, Snettisham, PE31 7LR

Disabled Access
Please send A4 SAE to RSPB, 43, Lynn Road, Snettisham, Norfolk PE31 7LR. They will send a permit (valid for 3 months) and directions to drive through chalets and along the sea wall to a parking area close to first hide. Wheelchair path between first and second hide and wheelchair bays in both hides…

Strumpshaw

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Another all round reserve for Broadland birds, is Strumpshaw which was once the Norfolk stronghold of Cetti's warblers, now they are throughout the broads and in a few coastal sites. Nearby Buckenham and Cantley level crossing are the places to see the bean geese in winter.

Titchwell

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The RSPB's most visited reserve the wide range of habitats within a relatively short walk of the car park make this an excellent spot to experience the magic of birding the north Norfolk coast. The scrub woodland is good for bullfinch and several species of warbler, the feeders by the visitor centre attract great spotted woodpeckers. In the summer the reedbed supports important numbers of bearded tits and marsh harriers as well as many reed and sedge warblers. The freshwater and brackish lagoons are home to about 30 pairs of avocets. They are also an excellent spot for passage and wintering waders and wildfowl. The foreshore in winter is a good place to look for twite, snow bunting and in some years shorelark. Offshore in summer terns can be watched fishing and in winter look for slavonian grebes, divers and scoter.

Waxham - Winterton

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This stretch of coast is mainly dunes with some heath at Winterton. It attracts good numbers of migrants especially passerines, and Winterton is good for migrant raptors (for the UK this means a few a day). In Winter the area has regular rough-legged buzzards. The only roads that have public access to the area are the ones that are indicated above. Tracks and paths then lead along the coast from these. The ones on the inland side of the dunes are the ones to concentrate on.

Wayland Wood

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In early spring come here for golden pheasants.

Weeting

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This small wardened NWT reserve is the place to see stone curlews, from early spring onwards.

Wells / Holkham

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The 3 miles of Corsican pines planted on the dunes, particularly at the eastern end at Wells where there is some deciduous scrub are a magnet for passerine migrants. Unfortunately this much cover provides plenty of opportunities for it to disappear, witness the red breasted nuthatch of about a decade ago which literally 1000s of birders took hours to relocate each time it disappeared. This is probably the best place to find yourself a Pallas's or yellow-browed warbler in autumn. The grazing marsh and scrapes that can be seen from the western end of the pines have recently been renovated. Winter brings pink footed and Brent geese here as to most of the rest of the coast. Also the dunes/salt marsh between the pines and the sea usually hold shore larks, snow buntings and twite.

Welney

Website

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Like all WWT reserves this has a little of the feel of a zoo about it. They do not breed wildfowl here but the feeding in front of the main hide produces a rather unnatural spectacle. The variety and numbers of wildfowl found here in winter are spectacular, the recent canvasback being a highlight.

Contributor

Steve Rowland

RSPB Public Relations and Marketing Officer - North Norfolk and The Wash

Additional Material

steve.rowland@rspb.org.uk

County Recorder

Dave & Jaquie Bridges

27 Swan Close, Hempstead Road, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6DP

01263 713249

dnjnorfolkrec@aol.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 427

Checklist

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Useful Reading

Best Birdwatching Sites - Norfolk

3rd Edition | by Neil Glenn | Buckingham Press | ISBN: 9780956987648 | Paperback | Aug 2013 | £17.95
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ISBN: 9780956987648

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Birds Of Norfolk

Moss Taylor, Michael Seago, Peter Allard, Don Dorling Helm 2007

ISBN: 0713687339

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Film - The North Norfolk Coast: A New Birder's Guide

by Ken Lawson - Tambourine Man Films - 114 minutes - available from Wildsounds

The Norfolk Cranes' Story

by John Buxton & Chris Durdin - Wren Publishing 2011

ISBN: 9780954254551

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Where to Watch Birds in East Anglia

by Peter & Margaret Clarke (2002 4th edition) Helm
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ISBN: 0713658649

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Organisations

Broads Authority

Website

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is a unique area of water, grazing marshes, fen and woodland, and home to some of the rarest plants and creatures in the UK. It is Britain`s largest protected wetland, having similar status to a national park. The Broads Authority was set up in 1989 to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Broads, promote the enjoyment of the Broads and protect the interests of navigation.

BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

Website

The Nunnery Lakes Nature Reserve has been established in the valley of the rivers Thet and Little Ouse on the southern edge of Thetford adjoining an area of heathland. Covering 80 hectares (200 acres) it covers a wide range of natural and managed landscape including; woodland, Breck heath, fen and open water. The wetland area is of particular importance since the restoration of part of the Little Ouse in 1994 by the National Rivers Authority (NRA).

Cley Bird Club

Contact: Peter Gooden, 45 Charles Rd, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6DA - 01263 712368

Great Yarmouth Bird Club

Website

THE GREAT YARMOUTH BIRD CLUB was formed in May 1989 by Peter Allard, Keith Dye and others. Its origins were born out of the Great Yarmouth RSPB members' group, and initially meetings were at secretary Peter Allard`s home for nearly a year. As membership grew, meetings were then held at various function rooms within Yarmouth public houses, and since 1995, the Rumbold Arms on Southtown Road has been its home.

Nar Valley Ornithological Society

Mailing Group

Welcome to the Home Page of the Nar Valley Ornithological Society. Founded in 1976, the Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) has been, and still is at the fore of bird watching and ornithological studies in mid Norfolk. We hope that you will find our site informative, and will want to return over and over again…

Norfolk Bird Club

Vernon Eve, Pebble House, The Street, Syderstone, King`s Lynn, Norfolk. PE31 8SD. 01485 578121 - The Norfolk Bird Club was founded in 1992 to fill a gap in the Norfolk bird scene. It is intended to run as informally as possible whilst meeting the needs of birdwatchers from right across the ornithological spectrum. The NBC aims to provide an active forum to and from which all may contribute and benefit.

Norfolk Coast Partnership

Website

The Partnership is based at Wells-next-the-Sea . It is funded by the Countryside Agency, Norfolk County Council (NCC); North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) and Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council (KLWNBC). Working in such a way the Partnership has developed strong links within the area and presents an informed and balanced approach to resolving conflicts through consultation and participation.

Norfolk Ornithologists Association

Website

Jed Andrews, Broadwater Road, Holme-next-the-sea, Hunstanton, PE36 6LQ. 01485 525406 Email:info@noa.org.uk

Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists Society

Website

The Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists Society is the county`s oldest natural history organisation, founded in 1869 by eminent naturalists of the day. Ever since, it has been studying and publishing information about the state of Norfolk`s wildlife. The Society`s Transactions have appeared every year since 1870. The Norfolk Bird Report - later to become the Bird and Mammal Report - made its debut in 1954.

Norfolk Records Committee

Website

The role of the Norfolk Records Committee is to present an accurate and reliable account of present day bird records in the county of Norfolk. These records will ultimately become part of the county’s historical archive and it is therefore essential that before sightings of many of the rarer species can be added to this archive, a formal description is required. It is the task of the committee to assess these descriptions to see if the species involved is described to a satisfactory level of confidence. An archive of accurate, reliable bird records is extremely important, not only as a tool for conservation but also as a historical document…

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Website

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has 15,500 members and is the oldest Wildlife Trust in the UK. It was founded in 1926 by Dr. Sydney Long who purchased the first of NWT's 37 reserves - Cley Marshes. Thirty-one of these reserves are designated SSSIs, 13 are RAMSAR sites and 9 are NNRs; there are SAC, SPA, CWS sites also.

RSPB West Norfolk Members Group

Website

RSPB members local group covering the west of the county…

RSPB Norwich Members Group

Website

Norwich Local Group was established in 1972. The group supports the activities of the RSPB at a local level in and around Norwich and Norfolk…

Observatories

Holme Bird Observatory

Observatory

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Since 1962, when the Observatory was established, over 40,000 birds have been ringed and more than 300 species have been recorded…
Warden: Sophie Parker, Broadwater Road, Holme-next-the-sea, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6LQ. 01485 525406 info@noa.org.uk

Reserves

Nature Reserves in North Norfolk

Website

Norfolk has many reserves. Private individuals, including the Queen, at Sandringham, own some. Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and English Nature manage the most. Many are concerned mainly with birds.

Naturenet

Website

Reserves in Norfolk…

Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park

Website

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Pensthorpe is set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside with miles of nature trails to explore through ancient fen meadows, woodland and a superb series of lakes. Pensthorpe is home to Europe's finest collection of waterfowl including endangered exotic waterfowl from around the world. Dozens of migratory bird species can be seen during the winter and summer months and our specially created hides help you get closer to nature.

RSPB Reserve - Berney Marshes & Breydon Water

Website

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There is a short nature trail and a viewing screen overlooking the marshes…

RSPB Reserve - Buckenham Marshes

Website

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The Yare Valley cycle route runs close to the reserve. The proposed future route of National Cycle Network Route 1 also runs close to the reserve, while its current route passes on the other side of the River Yare…

RSPB Reserve - Snettisham

Website

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In the middle of winter, a dawn or dusk visit may reward you with the flight of thousands of pink-footed geese, which commute between their safe roost site on The Wash and farmland inland where they feed on the aftermath of the sugar beet harvest…

RSPB Reserve - Strumpshaw Fen

Website

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When walking near the reedbeds you may see a marsh harrier or a swallowtail butterfly in the summer…

RSPB Reserve - Titchwell Marsh

Website

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In the summer, marsh harriers can be seen hunting over the reeds…

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

Website

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This Website is to introduce you to Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve; The first Hawk & Owl Trust Nature Reserve, and the newest in Norfolk. Situated in the Upper Wensum Valley 2.5km (1 mile) west of Fakenham, Norfolk, just south of the A148. It's southern boundary covers over half a kilometre of the river bank…

Wicken Fen National Trust

Website

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There has been an interest in the birds of Wicken Fen since long before The National Trust started acquiring the land in the late 19th century. However, because most of the information was coming from collectors, the interest was centred on rare or scarce species. For instance Montagu's Harrier, Spotted Crake and Marsh Warbler were reported as breeding in the 1840s & 1850s but little is known of the common species that occurred here.

WWT Reserve Welney

Website

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In winter, enjoy the magic of hundreds of Whooper and Bewick's Swans accompanied by flocks of thousands of ducks. During the day, carpets of Wigeon graze this precious wetland, while flocks of Pintail, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler dabble in the ponds and lagoons.

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

1996 [September] - Peter Jones - North Norfolk

Report

This was a weekend spent birdwatching on the North Norfolk coast. The aim being to find as many species as possible without the use of birdline, Reserve notice boards, or any other information…

1997 [February] - Peter Jones - North Norfolk

Report

This was a Winter Day trip to Norfolk solely for birdwatching. 63 species seen, it turned out to be one of my best days in the UK. Morning and early afternoon spent in Titchwell and Hunstanton, Late afternoon spent at Wicken fen…

2009 [February] - Tony Jones

Report

I suppose it's apt that in this centenary year of the birth of Sir Peter Scott my partner, Penny and I should once again visit North Norfolk, maybe to see Titchwell in the way that we have known it, for the last time, before the sea reclaims part of the land and a new sea-facing boundary is formed.

2010 [June] - David & Amanda Mason

Report

As we were staying near King’s Lynn we decided to call at RSPB Frampton Marsh on our way down. We had been to the reserve 3 weeks earlier for the Oriental Pratincole (a lifer for us both) and had enjoyed our visit so much we felt the site was well worth a second look….

2011 [April] - Pat & Judy Hayes - North Norfolk

Report

With a birthday, a wedding anniversary & Mother’s Day just past and the weather set fair for a while, we took the opportunity to have a few days pampering with some early spring birding thrown in…

2011 [March] - Keith Mills

Report

Six regulars from Bolton RSPB set off from Birch Services at 6.30am on Monday 21st March. Our Group, comprising of John, Ian, Cheryl, Terry, Barry and myself, was almost the same as last years trip to the same area, staying at the Pheasant Hotel at Kelling. We hoped for the same good weather as last year but it turned out even better this time. Clear blue skies everyday with warm sunshine and little breeze…

2012 [February] - Ashley Saunders - Oriole Birding

Report

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2013 [April] - Pat & Judy Hayes - North Norfolk

Report

Noting that the long range weather forecast was predicting a dry warm week for the south east we decided to take advantage and have a few days away. We obtained 4 days B&B at The Old Forge at Thursford which was situated approximately an equal distance between Wells-next-the-Sea and Fakenham on the A148…

2014 [November] - David & Amanda Mason - Norfolk & Suffolk

Report

No birding year would be complete without a few days in East Anglia. Although the main migration period was over we knew there would still be some stragglers and we were anticipating finding lots of newly arrived winter visitors to the UK’s shores...

Guides & Tour Operators

Bird ID Company

Tour Operator

Our daily tours are all based along the beautiful and unspoilt North Norfolk coast, which has some of the best bird watching in Britain. Many of the sites are well known for these beauty and birds, particularly our three most popular tours, Cley, Titchwell and Holme.

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Breydon Water Cruises - Waveney Stardust

Tour Operator

Waveney Stardust, a modern, comfortable, centrally heated cruiser with wheelchair access and full disabled toilet facility… For further details on bookings please telephone 07817 920502 between 9am - 5pm (Monday to Friday) or email us at bookings@waveneystardust.co.uk

Coastal Birding Tours

Tour Operator

Coastal Birding Tours offer all year round guided bird-watching tours in north-west Norfolk, recognised as one of the country's best birding areas. Tours are specifically aimed towards beginners and inexperienced people alike, who would like to learn more or broaden their birding and identification skills…

Oriole Birding

Tour Operator

A UK-based company specialising in bird watching tours of Norfolk and Wales, and a wide range of other UK destinations, a comprehensive programme of tours worldwide. Neil Donaghy and Ashley Saunders have over nineteen years experience between them, running their own companies Celtic Bird Tours and Oriole Adventures, before merging the two to create this new venture which offers complete bird tour packages. Value for money, genuinely small groups and great birds.

Places to Stay

Andover House - Great Yarmouth

Website

A stone's throw from the beach, Andover House is an upmarket hotel exclusively for adults with access to 4 miles of tidal foreshore and the salt marshes superb for bird-life and bird-watching…

Arch House - Wells-next-the-Sea

Accommodation

Arch House – a distinguished, grade II listed house, in Wells-next-the-Sea, just a few minutes walk to the beautiful Quay. Built around 1830 to offer the Excise man a good vantage point over the town…. boo …. it's put to much better use these days as a rather pleasant retreat for the discerning traveller…

Beachscape Contemporary Holiday Home - Bacton

Accommodation

Beachscape is on the North Norfolk coast, based in a peaceful holiday park, in a small village called Bacton with views overlooking the sea. There is direct access to the beach just yards away and miles of coastline on your doorstep to walk. The park is pet friendly with 13 acres of grassland…

Black Horse Cottage - Hickling

Accommodation

Black Horse Cottage is a classic ''chocolate box'' thatched cottage surrounded by 2½ acres of landscaped garden and situated in the centre of the small Broads village of Hickling…

Boxwood Guesthouse - Wells

Accommodation

Luxury B+B. Close to shops, Working fishing port, super sandy beaches and an array of colourful beach huts…

Broad House Hotel

Accommodation

Welcome to Broad House Hotel - our beautiful 16th century Queen Anne residence located in the heart of the world-renowned Norfolk Broads National Park….

Burlington Hotel, The

Accommodation

Overlooking the sea across Great Yarmouth`s famous Golden Sands, the Burlington and Palm Court Hotels are together in providing a friendly, warm welcome in luxurious, spacious surroundings.

Burnham Deepdale Backpackers Hostel

Accommodation

Escape the beaten track and the smog of the big city to this wonderfully chilled out backpackers hostel in the heart of Burnham Deepdale. This beautiful village is by the sea in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

Cobblers Guest House

Accommodation

The Cobblers Guest House is set in a quiet situation, close to the harbour of the picturesque and historic town of Wells-next-the-Sea. The Cobblers stands in its own secluded and walled garden, where guests can enjoy peace and tranquillity…

Crossways B&B - Wells-next-the-sea

Accommodation

A ten minute walk from the shops and harbour with sea views from the bedroom. A quiet and peaceful location offering off road parking facilities in this popular seaside town. Our comfortable accommodation consists of three double / twin bedrooms with a warm and cosy ambiance. We have quite a few Birdwatchers stay every year…

Crown Hotel - Wells-next-the-sea

Accommodation

…a former coaching inn overlooking the quiet tree-lined green known as The Buttlands. The hotel has been refurbished to retain its character whilst creating an atmosphere of uncluttered comfort. We offer a range of accommodation and a choice of restaurant or bar meals…

Fieldview Guest House - East Barsham

Accommodation

West Barsham Road, East Barsham, North Norfolk, NR21 0AR, UK Tel./fax +44 (01328) 820083 Fieldview is the place for you if you like comfortable accommodation, with a friendly welcome in quiet location off the beaten track, we are open all year around except for the Christmas holidays…

Gables B&B

Accommodation

Lovely refurbished Edwardian house with beautiful bedrooms. Superb breakfasts with choice of menu and delicious evening meals available with prior booking. Glorious sea views with magnificent sunsets over the sea. Hunstanton is the only east coast resort which faces west! Ideal location for a recreational, sporting or relaxing break. Owner - Mrs Barbara Bamfield - bbatthegables@aol.com

Glebe Country House - Breckland

Accommodation

Welcome to The Glebe Country House Bed & Breakfast, situated mid-way between Cambridge and Norwich. This imposing house stands in its own extensive grounds on the A11 at Elveden, near Thetford, 12 minutes from Newmarket, with easy access and ample parking. All rooms are spacious and comfortable, with TVs and hospitality trays. There is also a separate lounge for guest use…

Heacham Manor

Website

We welcome all ‘birders’ whether they be ‘twitchers’, in their camouflage jackets loaded with the latest gear in pursuit of rarities, or more relaxed birdwatchers in walking boots and muted colours who are happy to see any of Norfolk’s special and everyday birds. We are perfectly placed for the spectacle of tens of thousands of waders at Snettisham or the variety of herons that roost at Holme. Along Norfolk’s north coast there is plenty to see any time of the year. We hope you chose our Norfolk hotel near to these great birdwatching reserves as your holiday base...

Lavender Cottages

Accommodation

Sea Lavender Cottage in one of the nicest and most comfortable holiday cottages in Burnham Market. It is a self catering cottage with one kingsize bedroom and one twin bedroom. This site offers a booking facility. Attractions include sailing, beaches, stately homes and bird watching. Our second cottage, Lavender Cottage, is in the coastal village of Cley Next the Sea it also sleeps four in two bedrooms including a kingsize and twin…

Le Strange Arms Hotel - Old Hunstanton

Accommodation

Situated in the village of Old Hunstanton, overlooking the sea. Standing on the east coast of England it faces west across the Wash. The hotel grounds run down to one of the best sandy beaches in an area of many lovely beaches.

Little River View Cottage - Norfolk Broads

Accommodation

Little River View is a delightful holiday cottage set in the charming village of Horning in the heart of the Norfolk Broads…

Manor House B&B - Trunch Nr. Mundesley

Accommodation

At the Manor House we offer a high standard of accommodation, tranquillity and welcome. The house stands in a large garden with lawns and rows of mature trees, and it dates back to the end of the 19th century…

Moonriver - Martham, Norfolk Broads

Accommodation

Free fishing from garden, sleeps 4/6, fully refurbished, double shower, flush toilet, TV, video, car parking, sand dune beach on horizon, bird watching, sailing, walking, water sports, rural setting in National Park. £99 - 480 per week, Tel 01273 304010

Morden House

Accommodation

Have you ever wanted to visit Norfolk to see Autumn migrants, but not been sure where to go or what to look for? Now is your chance to join one of our short breaks and see the best sites in the area with an expert guide. Beginners are most welcome and can even loan you a pair of binoculars if you do not have your own. Your base for these breaks will be Morden House, Cromer, an excellent guesthouse built at the end of the nineteenth century (ETC & AA 4 Diamonds). Most rooms are en-suite and all have tea/coffee making facilities and colour television. Rosemary is well known for her excellent cooking.

North Norfolk Flats & Cottages

Accommodation

We offer high quality self-catering accommodation in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.

Oaktree Cottage - Briston

Accommodation

Oaktree Cottage is a 200-year-old brick and flint cottage providing quality self-catering holiday accommodation in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside, with easy access to coastal villages, beaches, and wildlife…

Pheasant Hotel - Kelling Nr Holt

Accommodation

The Pheasant Hotel is situated in 2 acres of landscaped gardens, set back off the main coast road between the harbour village of Blakeney and the seaside town of Sheringham…

Rose & Crown – Snettisham

Accommodation

We are a splendid old pub with 11 bedrooms, serving excellent food and beer, and are just down the road from the RSPB reserve at Snettisham. We frequently have bird watchers to stay and the RSPB bring groups to breakfast with us after early morning bird watching sessions.

Rose-Fitt House B&B

Accommodation

Rose-Fitt House is a beautiful Victorian Guesthouse, totally and lovingly refurbished to a high standard, situated in a fabulous location overlooking Lincoln Green and the sea…

Sandpipers B&B - Kelling

Accommodation

Run by birders for birders… Ina & Mike Stew, Sandpipers, Kelling, North Norfolk NR25 7EL Tel. no. 01263 588604…

Shelbrooke Hotel - Hunstanton

Accommodation

Handily placed for the North Coast reserves…

The King William IV - Sedgeford

Accommodation

Welcome to The King William IV Country Inn & Restaurant. Tucked away in the village of Sedgeford amid rolling countryside and conveniently close to the Peddars Way and Norfolk's beautiful coastline, lies this friendly family run traditional Country Inn…

Twitchers Retreat

Accommodation

Twitchers Retreat is a 4 Star Gold bed and breakfast close to RSPB Snettisham catering for bird watchers. As this is a new property we have a ramp and wide doors for easy access for the disabled…

Wheatsheaf Inn - Heacham

Accommodation

…convenient for getting to the RSPB Bird Reserves at Titchwell, Snettisham and Holme as well as great Norfolk attractions such as The Royal Sandringham Estate and Norfolk Lavender is only a five minute walk away…

Forums & Mailing Lists

NarVOS

Mailing List

NarVOS birdnews mailing list is a free service run by the Nar Valley Ornithological Society webmaster and is for use by anybody with an interest in birding in the Nar Valley region of Norfolk. If you are not familiar with mailing lists, the NarVOS birdnews list works in the following way. You send an email to the list and everybody else, including yourself, is automatically sent a copy. Likewise if you reply to a posting on the list, by clicking the reply button in your email package, the reply will be automatically sent to everybody on the list.

Norfolkbirdnews

Mailing List

To post to list: Norfolkbirdnews@yahoogroups.com

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - We welcome e-mails of your bird sightings in Norfolk UK preferably on the same day as the sighting.

NorfolkBirds

Mailing List

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Mailing List – Discussion Group - This mailing list is a forum for members to discuss anything to do with birding in Norfolk.

Blogs

A Norfolk Birder in Thailand

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Birds and Moths in Thailand during the winter months and Norfolk during the summer…

Birding Paradigms

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BLOG & Photos from a Kent & a Norfolk birder….

Connor Rand

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A blog telling of the birding exploits of Connor Rand, also showing pictures of birds and moths and descriptions of his recent sightings…

Dipped Connection

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Birding Blog of Oliver Reville - To Norfolk…and maybe a bit further if its really special…

Gary White - Mainly Norfolk Birding

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Part diary and travel log, partly photo record gallery…

James, Birds and Beer

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Birding BLOG from this Norfolk birder with his priorities nearly right…

Lost Geordie Birding

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Blog of birder based in Norfolk…

Necro Bird Blog!

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Birds, Moths, BMX & Metal…

Norfolk'n Birds

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Amusing musings from a patch…

North-West Norfolk Birding

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Robert S J Smith's blog…

Only Fools and Birders

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BLOG of a group of birders mostly based in Norfolk. News, Reviews, Tales & Adventures…

Penny's Hot Birding & Life!

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Penny Clarke - Birder & amateur photographer who loves to escape into the wilds of Norfolk or anywhere else the fancy takes me! I have been birding since I was born…

Roberts Birding

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An account of my latest sightings and trip reports mostly in West Norfolk and maybe the odd over the border trips…

Shakys Birding Blog

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My name is Ricky but my nickname is 'Shaky', hence the name of the blog.Im a keen bird watcher who has been birding since end of 2009. I live in Norwich since moving here about 6 years ago from good old Essex! .My local patch is Thorpe/Station Marshes in Norwich.Also i like to visit Whitlingham,Strumpshaw Fen & Buckenham Marshes.I am a full time Window Cleaner so have plenty of time to get the binoculars out when ever possible(although it does seem to stop me working alot!) I hope to put plenty of info of where i go & what i see on my adventures out. Happy Birding!

The Occasional Birder

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Bird reports and info from my current patch in Norfolk and my trips around the UK and sometimes further afield. And sometimes other interesting wildlife as well…

Wildlife Aylmerton

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A small parish in North Norfolk, this site has been set up to share the records and sightings of wildlife throughout the seasons, and hopefully inspire people to see whats on their own doorstep…

Young Norfolk Birders

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Young Norfolk Birder's site, including photo gallery, moths and butterflies, trip reports and recent sightings from the Norfolk area…

Other Links

Birdline East Anglia

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Birdline East Anglia What's about? Simply phone 09068 700245 Please report your bird sightings to phone/text 07941333970 or e birdnews@birdlineeastanglia.co.uk - Calls to 09068 700245 cost 60p/min from a BT landline other networks may vary

Birds of a Feather

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I am lucky enough to live in Norfolk and have easy access to all the wonderful reserves in the East Anglia area. Consequently I am a frequent visitor to RSPB Minsmere and the reserves on the North Norfolk coast…

In Focus

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The shop is situated in an old Norfolk flint cottage overlooking the RSPB reserve and has its own patio viewing area. Stock is always at a high level and there are rarely any problems obtaining items at short notice. The staff are all experienced birdwatchers in their own right, which is important in this enormously popular birdwatching area.

Norfolk Birders

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We are two avid birders whose interests in birding started from an early age. For my part I can remember that at the age of 7 I had a Waxwing feeding on the Cotoneaster and rushing for the Observer book of Birds in the hope of identifying it, only to find the illustration was on a black and white plate…

Norfolk Wildlife Centre

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Tour the 30 acre landscaped site and look out for Wallabies, European Lynx, Barbary Apes, Otters, Iguanas, Snakes, Tortoises and birds of all sizes and colours and many more Wild Animals; all in near natural conditions.

Norwich Peregrines

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This website is dedicated to the magnificent Peregrine Falcons that call Norwich Cathedral their home…

Punkbirder

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…New features ahoy! The Diary is back, making the FBI's job easy again. Exciting new developments in the field of future rare actualisation mechanics bring us JG's Rare-ometer. Further advances are expected soon, and this site will become your rare finding oracle for Norfolk…

The Birds of Norfolk

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Whether its booming bitterns or sky-dancing marsh harriers over the reedbeds of the north coast, wildfowl and waders wheeling over the immense mudflats of The Wash or the haunting calls of roosting cranes in the Broads, Norfolk can deliver a truly memorable wildlife experience all year round. The county boasts a list of over 420 species, including some very rare resident species, breeding and winter visitors, passage migrants and many vagrants. It is one of the few counties in Britain where it is possible to see in excess of 100 bird species on any given day without too much effort. So it’s not surprising that a birdwatcher’s calendar is not complete without a visit to Norfolk and most visit many times during the year…

The Norfolk Cranes' Story

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This new book - published in July 2011 - tells the story of how cranes bred at Horsey in Norfolk, and how they were protected and studied there…

Visit Norfolk

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Tourist authority site with some birding info and loads of places to stay…

Photographers & Artists

Artist - James McCallum

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James McCallum is a wildlife artist living and working in North Norfolk. He is best known for his watercolour paintings and sketches of natural history, particularly birds, made outdoors from life at the time of watching…

Artist - Keith Nash

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Whilst born in the South of England, Keith Nash’s career in environmental engineering brought him and his wife to Norfolk in 1975, where they settled in the village of Little Dunham near Swaffham. The big skies and changing colours and light of the seasons soon led to a fascination with the Norfolk landscape and coastal marshes, which are famous for their wildfowl sanctuaries…

Gallery - Cley Birds

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Welcome to this photo gallery site for Cley, Norfolk and beyond…

Photographer - David Whistlecraft

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Wildlife photography, please view the gallery page…

Photographer - Kevin Du Rose

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Excellent bird gallery

Photographer - Kevin Elsby - Wildlife on the Web

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A site dedicated to showing images of nature from around the world. Birds, Mammals, Insects, Plants are all covered..

Photographer - Rob Wilson

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Welcome to Robert and Jill Wilsons Photo library, which features images taken from around the world over the last 20 years. We specialise in bird images, but we also have an extensive archive of wildlife images, landscapes, events and sports photography…

Photographer - Robin Chittenden [Harlequin Pictures]

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UK Rare Birds, other Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Other animals, Plants, Conservation, Environmental, Landscapes, Abstract landscape/nature…

Sculptor - Richard T Roberts

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Brilliant styalised sculptures from the norfolk-based artist…