Did You Know??

Published: Wednesday 10th Jun 2015

Written by: Laura Foster

Norfolk is known as the birdwatching capital of Britain and has some of the best wildlife nature reserves in the country including the RSPB Snettisham & Titchwell Marsh, Strumpsham Fen, Norfolk Wildlife Trusts at Foxley Wood & Weeting Heath, Berney Marshes, BreydonWater, Sculthorpe Moor, Welney Wetland Centre, not forgetting the oldest wildlife trust reserve at Cley.Come to Norfolk and you may get to see the well-known migrating wildfowl, marsh harriers, common frogs, natterjack toads, avocets, bitterns, swallows, deer, kingfishers, hares, bats, seals.… I could go on - However there are some unique creatures only found in Norfolk...... 

How many of these wildlife facts, did you know? 

Britain’s largest butterfly The Swallowtail is only found in Norfolk, choosing to live on the Broads.

The burrowing rove beetle is only found in Norfolk.

Bitterns breed in Norfolk in greater numbers than anywhere else in East Anglia or indeed Britain.

Norfolk is the only place in the country where malted sea lavender grows.

No-one knows why but Cromer crabs are so different to the same species found in all other parts of the country, they are smaller, meatier and sweeter than any others.

Experts had originally thought the emerald damselfly was extinct but have since found it in the Breckland areas.

Some of the rarest spiders can be found in Norfolk. The cardinal spider has the longest legs of any European spider and is exclusively found in the east of Norfolk.

The basil-thyme case bearer moth only lives in the Breckland areas.

The Norfolk Hawker is one of only two brown Hawker dragonflies founds in Britain and lives in the Norfolk Boards.

Visit Norfolk and you may be lucky enough to see anyone of the above, although living here, I’m hoping not to come across too many cardinal spiders!

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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