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Birdwatching In North Norfolk

Written by Laura Foster on

Geese flying in Norfolk

Norfolk is known for being the birdwatching capital of Britain!

So why would you go anywhere else? There's such a variety of common, endangered and rare birds to see, even if you are not an experienced twitcher you are guaranteed to see something of interest. Also no matter what time of the year you decide to visit you will experience something spectacular. My personal highlight is happening right now, as the skies provide a magnificent sight of pink footed geese arriving and departing daily from their roosts to their feeding grounds.

Along the North Norfolk coast (A149)……

You could start at Cley marshes, famous for being the oldest wildlife trust reserve in the country and often renowned as being the finest birdwatching site in Britain, with its award winning visitor centre and fantastic cafe. During spring & summer look out for avocets, spoonbills and various waders. Autumn & winter is known for seeing pintails, brent geese, wintering wildfowl and various seabirds, then all year round you should be able to spot bitterns, marsh harriers, bearded tits and teals.

Next along the coast you have Blakeney Point a truly wonderful nature reserve due to its isolation and unusual shape. Seals are also famously spotted here breeding on the sandbanks off the spit and it is the summer home and nesting place for terns. It is also a good location for passage migrants and many other rare species.

Further along the coastline you will come across Brancaster Staithe – National Trust which is part of the North Norfolk Heritage including four miles of salts marshes, beach and dunes with a superb array of bird life.

After this Titchwell Marsh will be found, known for a good place to spot Marsh Harriers hunting over the reeds, also up to 20 species of wading birds and a number of ducks and geese can be seen at this location.

Finally end your journey along the coastal road at Snettisham Reserve which is one of the best locations to view the population of waders in the wash where thousands come to roost at high tide on the shingle banks and islands in the gravel pits by the sea wall. Other noticeable birds in this area include avocets, bar-tailed godwits and knots.

Laura Foster

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