Norfolk is well known throughout the UK for its excellent bird-watching opportunities; something which is surely helped by the wealth of nature reserves you can find here. Nature Reserves are brilliant place to get back to nature and learn a little more about the wonderful range of flora and fauna that lives in the UK. They are important for the conservation of many different species too. Here is a section of the best nature reserves to visit the next time you’re in Norfolk.
The lovely Cley Marshes Nature Reserve can be found on the edge of Cley next the Sea. This is certainly the oldest, and possibly also the best known, of all the nature reserves in Norfolk. No matter what time of year you visit, you should be able to spot plenty of birds. In order to support these birds the water levels and reedbeds are carefully managed. This effort has paid off as there is a thriving community of various species here now. Even if you’re not a dedicated bird-watcher, it’s worth visiting for the views out to sea over the marshes.
Down the road from Fakenham visitors will find Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust, this beautiful place is a haven for all manner of creatures; from butterflies to deer. Once allowed to become overgrown, the aim is to restore the reed and sedge beds and carefully join them up to the nearby ancient woodland. It is a small but wonderfully diverse area where you can get back to nature, spot some critters and learn more about the natural world.
Snettisham RSBP Reserve
Snettisham Nature Reserve is found, unsurprisingly, near the village of Snettisham. This well-known coastal nature reserve offers impressive views and numerous birds to watch. Enjoy uninterrupted views over the salt marsh and mudflats and, if you visit in late summer you might be able to catch one of the biggest high tides and with it the flight of tens of thousands of birds as the water forces them off of the mudflats. It is quite the sight to behold.
Blakeney Point, near Morston, is a Nature Reserve with plenty to see and do. Lovingly looked after by the National Trust, you can explore this nature reserve with a stroll around the site, or make the most of the events held here. From beach cleans to guided walks, there is something for everyone. Blakeney Point is know for its seals, but you’ll find plenty of other wildlife on your visit. Even if you’re not a wildlife-lover, the coastal walks with stunning views are worth visiting for.
Holkham Nature Reserve
Holkham Nature Reserve, on the edge of Holkham, is a gorgeous part of the Norfolk coast. This nature reserve covers 3,706 hectares and visitors can follow paths through pine forest or skirt along the edge of the mudflats and saltmarshes. Walking around you will be able to see the blend of wilderness and working landscapes. Wells Harbour is used by fishermen and pleasure craft but was once utilised by hundreds of large vessels. All year round there is plenty to see; from gorgeous vistas and an amazing array of birds and other critters.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Welney, in Welney, is a beautiful wetland in Norfolk. This conservation area is a lovely spot to go bird watching and learn more about the natural world. If you don’t have binoculars, or forget yours, you can rent a pair from the gift shop meaning you never need to miss out on a great day of wildlife spotting. If you want to learn more about wetlands WWT Welney has craft activity stations, wildlife films and a fenland worlds exhibition to enjoy.