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.
Cley - Blakeney Point
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
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.
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. Swallowtail butterflies for the bugmen.
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 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.
Hawfinches can occur here in winter but they do tend to move around from year to year.
This gives access to pine plantations where woodlark and crossbill occur.
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
In early spring come here for golden pheasants.
This small wardened NWT reserve is the place to see stone curlews, from early spring onwards.
Wells / Holkham
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.
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.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 427
Best Birdwatching Sites - Norfolk
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Birds Of Norfolk
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Film - The North Norfolk Coast: A New Birder's Guide
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The Norfolk Cranes' Story
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Where to Watch Birds in East Anglia
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Guides & Tour Operators
Bird ID Company
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.
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
Breydon Water Cruises - Waveney Stardust
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
2009 [02 February] - Tony Jones
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 [06 June] - David & Amanda Mason
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 [04 April] - Pat & Judy Hayes - North Norfolk
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…
2012 [02 February] - Ashley Saunders - Oriole Birding
2013 [04 April] - Pat & Judy Hayes - North Norfolk
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 [11 November] - David & Amanda Mason - Norfolk & Suffolk
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...
2015 [12 December] - Oriole Birding
2016 [01 January] - Oriole Birding
2017 [03 March] - Christopher Hall
...Arriving at Welney in pouring rain, we spend a fruitful lunchtime accumulating a list of 30 species from the café windows, including Little Egret, Pintail, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Oystercatcher, loads of Wigeon and Lapwings and several Reed Buntings on the feeders, as well as a group of six Roe Deer. Once the rain stops we cross the Hundred Foot Drain to the hides overlooking the Hundred Foot Washes, where we add birds like Whooper Swan, Egyptian Goose, Goldeneye, Stock Dove and Skylark, making an impressive list for a travelling day of 49 species seen...
Places to Stay
Andover House - Great Yarmouth
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
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
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
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
Luxury B+B. Close to shops, Working fishing port, super sandy beaches and an array of colourful beach huts…
Burlington Hotel, The
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
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
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
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…
Fieldview Guest House - East Barsham
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…
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 - email@example.com
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...
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
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.
Moonriver - Martham, Norfolk Broads
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
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.
Oaktree Cottage - Briston
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
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
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.
Shelbrooke Hotel - Hunstanton
Handily placed for the North Coast reserves…
The King William IV - Sedgeford
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…
Wheatsheaf Inn - Heacham
…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…
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
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
The Cley Bird Club (CBC) exists to bring together everybody who has an interest in the Birds of the Cley area in North Norfolk, UK. Membership Secretary: Ann Abrams firstname.lastname@example.org Turnstone Cottage, The Street, Sharrington, Norfolk NR24 2AB
Great Yarmouth Bird Club
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
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
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
Jed Andrews, Broadwater Road, Holme-next-the-sea, Hunstanton, PE36 6LQ. 01485 525406 Email:email@example.com
Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists Society
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
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
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.
North East Norfolk Bird Club
NENBC is a recently created club, covering this beautiful and bird-rich corner of the county - serving the birding communities of Melton, Briston, Holt, Sheringham, Cromer, North Walsham and Aylsham. Our recording area covers eight 10k squares, see the map below, and includes many premium birding locations, as well as thousands of acres of under-watched or undiscovered habitats.
RSPB Norwich Members Group
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…
Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society
WVBS is an active and friendly Norfolk birdwatching society with approximately 100 members.
Holme Bird Observatory
The NOA’s small Observatory building is set in a 13 acre (5 ha) reserve of pine and scrub-covered dunes between the shore and the Broad Water at Holme-next-the-Sea. The Observatory reserve lies immediately to the east of The Firs, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Holme Dunes visitor centre.
North West Norfolk Stonechats
A colour ringing project for Stonechats on Dersingham Bog - In 2012 the Natural England team at Dersingham Bog teamed up with the North Norfolk Ringing Group, the British Trust for Ornithology and site volunteers to begin ongoing monitoring of the nests of key heathland breeding species, including Stonechats.
Each of the following links lead to a BFA assessment of a Norfolk reserve. ALL types of mobility problem are assumed so there are details of path surfaces, gradients and distances as well as benches and hide details etc., etc.
NWT Cley Marshes is Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s oldest and best known nature reserve. It was purchased in 1926 to be held 'in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary'. It provided a blue print for nature conservation which has now been replicated across the UK.The water levels in the pools and reedbeds are regulated to ensure they are ideal for the resident birds, and reed is harvested every year to keep the reedbeds in good condition. A new eco-friendly visitor centre opened in 2007 containing a café, shop, viewing areas (including viewing from a camera on the reserve). we have since added to this with the fantastic Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, a courtyard and viewing deck. The view from the visitor centre across the Marsh to the sea is breathtaking.
Nature Reserves in North Norfolk
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.
Reserves in Norfolk…
NWT - Thorpe Marshes
NWT Thorpe Marshes is one of Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserves. It's in the Norfolk Broads yet on the edge of Norwich in Thorpe St Andrew. The marshes and ditches have an excellent range of dragonflies and damselflies: 20 species include Norfolk Hawkers and Willow Emerald Damselflies. The gravel pit, St Andrews Broad, helps to provide year-round interest.
Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
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 - Berney Marshes & Breydon Water
There is a short nature trail and a viewing screen overlooking the marshes…
RSPB - Buckenham Marshes
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 - Snettisham
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 - Strumpshaw Fen
When walking near the reedbeds you may see a marsh harrier or a swallowtail butterfly in the summer…
RSPB - Titchwell Marsh
In the summer, marsh harriers can be seen hunting over the reeds…
Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve
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…
WWT Reserve Welney
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.
A Norfolk Birder in Thailand
Birds and Moths in Thailand during the winter months and Norfolk during the summer…
When I was a little boy I wrote a little book about birds, with little pictures, and ideas about how to help birds and even my own sponsored bird watch in the back garden. Now, I am a big boy - a little too big if truth be told - and I still love all the birds I see. I used to sit on the table and look out into the wilderness of our garden. I now travel all over in my quest for avian beauty, and spend loads of money on expensive equipment, domain names and anything else bird-related. Out in the field is where I am happy, and where I have always been happiest.
BLOG & Photos from a Kent & a Norfolk birder….
Chris Porter - Norfolk Bird Blog
Bird and wildlife sightings from around Norfolk, mostly on the northern coast.
Eastern Bush Chat
A ramble through the life of a birder and wildlife enthusiast based in the beautiful county of Norfolk...
Gary White - Mainly Norfolk Birding
Part diary and travel log, partly photo record gallery…
Hethersett Birdlife is a page dedicated to collation of Bird sightings and observations in and around the Hethersett area of Norfolk. It is intended to provide links to other sites that may interest anyone keen on the natural world...
James, Birds and Beer
Birding BLOG from this Norfolk birder with his priorities nearly right…
Lost Geordie Birding
Blog of birder based in Norfolk…
Amusing musings from a patch…
North-West Norfolk Birding
Robert S J Smith's blog…
Only Fools and Birders
BLOG of a group of birders mostly based in Norfolk. News, Reviews, Tales & Adventures…
Penny's Hot Birding & Life!
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…
An account of my latest sightings and trip reports mostly in West Norfolk and maybe the odd over the border trips…
Shakys Birding Blog
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!
Sketches from the Field - Richard Thewlis
Norfolk, United Kingdom - This is a blog of my impressions of nature, especially birds, which I started in 2011. I like to record my observations in the form of sketches, and paintings too, if I have time...
The Autistic Naturalist
Norfolk naturalist who happens to be autistic and mad about birds and other wildlife…
The Occasional Birder
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…
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
Young Norfolk Birder's site, including photo gallery, moths and butterflies, trip reports and recent sightings from the Norfolk area…
Birdline East Anglia
Birdline East Anglia What's about? Simply phone 09068 700245 Please report your bird sightings to phone/text 07941333970 or e firstname.lastname@example.org - Calls to 09068 700245 cost 60p/min from a BT landline other networks may vary
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.
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
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.
This website is dedicated to the magnificent Peregrine Falcons that call Norwich Cathedral their home…
…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
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
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…
Tourist authority site with some birding info and loads of places to stay…
Photographers & Artists
Artist - James McCallum
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
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
Welcome to this photo gallery site for Cley, Norfolk and beyond…
Photographer - David Whistlecraft
Wildlife photography, please view the gallery page…
Photographer - Kevin Du Rose
Excellent bird gallery
Photographer - Kevin Elsby - Wildlife on the Web
A site dedicated to showing images of nature from around the world. Birds, Mammals, Insects, Plants are all covered..
Photographer - Rob Wilson
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]
UK Rare Birds, other Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Other animals, Plants, Conservation, Environmental, Landscapes, Abstract landscape/nature…
Sculptor - Richard T Roberts
Brilliant styalised sculptures from the norfolk-based artist…