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Bird and Nature Reserves

 Berney Marshes - RSPB

Marshland bird reserve.
Location: TG465055 - Berney Marshes, 5m W Great Yarmouth
Admission: Free
Road: NO VEHICLE ACCESS
Train: Berney Arms station, 0345 484950
Telephone: 01603 661662
Features: Marshland bird reserve, flooded grazing marsh and estuary mudflats. In winter, waders, wildfowl, raptors and short-eared owl. Breeding lowland waders and good variety of passage birds.

 
 Blakeney Point - National Trust
Nature reserve and geographical landmark.
Location: TG000465 - Blakeney, 8m E Wells-Next-The-Sea
Road: A149
Facilities: Parking at Cley Coastguard station. Light refreshments available in the Old Lifeboat House.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01263 733471
Features: A paradise of nature due to its isolation, and a noted geographical landmark - a shingle spit. Seals breed on the sandbanks off the spit and it is a summer home and nesting place for terns.Good for passage migrants, including many scarce and rare species.

Photo © Mike Page Norfolk Skyview
 
 Brancaster Staithe - National Trust
Beach and dunes reserve.
Location: Brancaster, between Wells and Hunstanton
Road: A149
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01263 733471
Features: Four miles of tidal foreshore and salt marsh with superb bird-life and bird-watching. Part of North Norfolk Heritage Coast. Information centre and cycle hire.

Photo © Mike Page Norfolk Skyview
 
 Cley Marshes - Norfolk WT
Freshwater marshes with reedbeds and saltmarsh.
Location: Cley-Next-The-Sea 8m E Wells-Next-The-Sea
Road: A149
Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Disabled Facilities, Visitor centre, Gift Shop
Admission: Charge (reduced for members of Norfolk WT)
Train: Weybourne station
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: A well placed visitor centre and excellent birdwatching hides give views across the famous Cley Marshes. The oldest Wildlife Trust reserve in the country has an international reputation as one of the finest bird-watching sites in Britain. Tel: 01263 740008

Photo © Mike Page Norfolk Skyview
 
 Cockshoot Broad - Norfolk WT

Broadland nature reserve.
Location: Ranworth, 9m NE Norwich
Road: B1140, then minor roads
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: Boardwalks around Broad taking you through different broadland habitats.

 
 East Wretham Heath - Norfolk WT

Breckland nature reserve.
Location: Wretham, 4 miles NE of Thetford
Road: A1075
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Free
Train: Harling Road station, 0345 484950
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: Picturesque Breckland nature reserve with a rich mixture of heath, mysterious meres and aged, crooked pines. Spring is the best time to visit.

 
 Foxley Wood

Ancient woodland nature reserve.
Location: Foxley, 12 miles NW Norwich
Road: A1067
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: Norfolk's largest ancient woodland, believed to be over 6000 years old. In the spring the wood has magnificent flowers, including yellow primroses, violets and the early purple orchid. Also home to many species of butterfly and birds. Tel. 01362 688706

 
 Hickling Broad - National Nature Reserve

Large Broads nature reserve.
Location: Hickling, 18m NE Norwich
Road: A149
Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Disabled Facilities
Admission: Charge
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: The largest and wildest of the Norfolk Broads with beautiful scenery that can be explored fully with the boardwalk trail, bird-watching hides and visitor centre. Famous as a home for Britain's largest butterfly - the Swallowtail, and one of the rarest. A wildlife boat trip is also offered. Tel 01692 598276
Shop: Wildlife gift shop.
Food: Refreshments available

 
 High Lodge Forest Centre

Visitor centre in the heart of Thetford forest.
Location: N Santon Downham, 4m NW Thetford
Road: Minor road off A11 and A1065
Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Disabled Facilities, Shop, Tea room
Telephone: 01842 810271
Features:
Visitor centre in the heart of Britain's largest lowland pine forest with cycle hire, adventure playground and one of the largest mazes in Europe. Information on the forest and forest walks. Birds in the forest include Nightjar, Crossbill, Wood lark and Tree pipit.

 
 Holme Bird Observatory Reserve - NOA

Coastal bird reserve and observatory.
Location: Holme-Next-The-Sea, 18m N Kings Lynn
Road: A149
Bus: From Hunstanton
Train: Kings Lynn
Facilities: Parking, Visitor Centre with shop and refreshments.
Admission: Entry is either day permit 3-00 for adults (under 16 free) or free to NOA members.
Telephone: 01485 525406
Features: At the western end of the North Norfolk Coast, hides and is involved in bird ringing and migration counts Spring and Autum. Mercury vapour moth trap. Birdwatching guided tours by arrangement.
Website: www.noa.org.uk

 
 Honeypot Wood

Ancient woodland nature reserve.
Location: Near Wendling village 4m W Dereham
Road: A47 then, minor roads
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: One of the finest pieces of the remaining ancient woodland in Norfolk, a mixture of ash and oak with a history of coppice managing since records began. This environment supports a rich ground fauna and populations of butterflies.

 
 How Hill

Broadland wildlife water trail.
Location: Near Ludham 10m NE Norwich
Road: A1062
Admission: Charge
Telephone: 01603 610734
Features: One of the best places to see the wildlife and habitats of the Norfolk Broads. Water trails by small electric launch. Trail covers river and dykes through the marshes and fens of the reserve, a guide describes the area. Walks to the bird hides. Two of the main attractions are the view and the Swallowtail butterflies in the formal garden by the house, which is used as a study centre.

 
 Narborough Railway Line Reserve

Disused railway line reserve.
Location: Narborough, 1m SE of village, 9m SE Kings Lynn
Road: A47, then minor roads
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: A disused railway line supporting rich chalk flora with thirty species of butterfly including white-letter, green and purple hairstreak.

 
 North Beach Great Yarmouth
Little Tern breeding ground.
Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Road: A47, A1064
Train: Great Yarmouth station, 0345 484950
Telephone: 01603 661662
Features: The UK's largest colony of Little Terns breeds on Great Yarmouth's North Beach each year. To protect them the RSPB operates a special wardening scheme and sets up special viewing areas from mid-May to mid-August.
 
 Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park and Nature Reserve

Endangered and exotic bird collection.
Location: 1m SE Fakenham
Road: A1067
Bus: Fakenham, 0500 626116
Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Disabled Facilities, Shop, Restaurant
Admission: Charge
Telephone: 01328 851465
Features: Europe's finest collection of endangered and exotic waterbirds. This two hundred acre nature reserve is haven for all kinds of British wildlife. Woodland, meadow, lakeside and river nature trails and watergardens. There is an Audio-Visual centre and children's adventure play area.

 
 Ranworth Broad - Norfolk WT

Broads nature reserve.
Location: Ranworth, 9m NE Norwich
Road: B1140
Train: Wroxham, 0345 484950
Facilities: Parking, Refreshments, Gift shop
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: The boardwalks at Ranworth take you through a fascinating trail of natural succession through woodland, reedbeds and open water. The Broadland Conservation Centre has a comprehensive and fun museum explaining Broads history and habitats.

 
 Roydon Common - Norfolk WT

Lowland valley bog nature reserve.
Location: Near Roydon Village, 6m NE Kings Lynn
Road: A148, 1st turn after A149 junction
Train: Kings Lynn station, 01553 772021
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: Finest example of lowland valley bog in Britain. Includes different habitats now much reduced in Norfolk in the transition from dry heath to moss-dominated bog.

 
 Snettisham Reserve - RSPB

Bird reserve - the Wash.
Location: Snettisham, 4m S Hunstanton
Road: A149 Kings Lynn - Hunstanton
Bus: Nearest stop 2 miles
Train: Kings Lynn station (13 miles), 01553 772021
Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Disabled Facilities
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01603 661662
Features: One of the best locations to view the population of waders in the Wash where thousands come to roost at high tide on shingle banks and islands in the gravel pits by the sea wall. The view of waders moving ahead of the tide at sunset is truly beautiful, there is a leaflet with the best times for such viewing available.

 
 Strumpshaw Fen - RSPB

Broadland nature and bird reserve.
Location: 3/4 Mile SW of Strumpshaw, 8m E Norwich
Road: A47, signed from Brundall
Bus: 703 from Norwich, 0500 626116
Train: Brundall station, 0345 484950
Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Disabled Facilities
Admission: Charge (free to members)
Telephone: 01603 715191
Features: In the heart of the Norfolk Broads, the nature trails lead you through varied habitats including woodland, meadow and reedbeds. Marsh Harriers are seen here, and rare orchids are found in the meadows.

 
 Surlingham Church Marsh - RSPB

Broadland nature and bird reserve.
Location: nr Surlingham, 7m E Norwich
Road: West from Surlingham village via Walnut Hill.
Bus:Service 001 from Norwich to Surlingham village, Monday to Saturday, operated by Anglian Coaches.
Train: To Norwich, then bus as above.
Facilities:No visitor centre, toilets, catering, car park or reception staff - please park considerately in village.
Admission: Free entry.
Telephone: 01603 715191 (Strumpshaw Fen)
Features: Small reserve on the south side of the River Yare with circular walk around reedbeds, fens and pools. Hobby, Marsh Harriers, Kingfishers, Water Rails, Reed and Sedge Warblers can be see in summer. Wetland wild flowers provide a riot of colour. The site floods in winter, attracting Bitterns and wildfowl.

 
 Titchwell Marsh - RSPB

Coastal wetland reserve.
Location: TF749436 Titchwell, 5m E Hunstanton
Road: A149
Bus: Request stop Wells - Hunstanton, 0500 626116
Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Wheelchair access, Shop, Refreshments
Admission: Charge (free to members)
Telephone: 01603 661662
Features: Popular and productive RSPB reserve on the North Norfolk Heritage Coast. Habitats include the sandy beach, reedbeds and shallow lagoons. Marsh Harriers hunt over the reeds and winter sees the arrival of many ducks and geese. Paths and hides are all wheelchair accessible.


 Photo: © Norfolk Skyview
 
 Wayland Wood - Norfolk WT

Ancient woodland nature reserve.
Location: 10m SW Dereham
Road: A1075
Facilities: Parking
Admission: Free
Telephone: 01603 625540
Features: One of the finest pieces of the remaining ancient woodland in Norfolk, it has been traditionally managed for many hundreds of years. The only place in Norfolk where the Star-of-Bethlehem grows alongside many other beautiful flowers.

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