Well worth a visit for nature and bird lovers
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.
The shingle beach and saline lagoons, along with the grazing marsh and reedbed support large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.
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.
The sand Martin is a summer visitor from North Africa but smaller than the House Martin and Swallow. They live in tunnels bored into sand or gravel banks. West Runton is an ideal location to find them, the burrows can be found on the sandstone cliffs here. Their food consists of small insects and they can be seen flitting around to collect them before returning to their young ones.
The video was taken at West Runton from the beach.
A great day out with 700 Acres of wildlife, gardens, adventure & indoor play! We recently visited Pensthorpe and were impressed with the georgeous gardens and wildlife we found there. A park guide has been attached. For further details see their website
Went on a trip on the Southern Comfort from Horning on the Norfolk Broads the other day, along the River Bure and Ranworth
Relaxing trip with plenty of wildlife to spot.
The Jonas Farm Holiday Barns were, up to 2002, part of a working farm. They have been carefully converted to a very high quality standard in order to provide self-catering holiday guest accommodation in North Norfolk. The barns have been named after local well known Norfolk Halls. There is a heated indoor pool available all year round.
The barns are situated in the village of Roughton, being a ideal holiday destination only 1 mile from Cromer, 5 miles from Sheringham and 28 miles from Norwich. There is a regular bus service passing the door, and Roughton station is about 1/2 mile away, with a regular train service to Sheringham, Cromer, Wroxham, Norwich and other intermediate stations on the Bittern Line.
Blakeney point on the North Norfolk Coast again the home to the largest colony of Grey seals in England with over 2000 pups being born this year. The tidal surge in January appears to have had little impact on the colony.
Book a trip on one of the locally operated ferries from Morston Quay. Trips are dependent on the tide and should be booked in advance. The main operators are Beans Boat Trips www.beansboattrips.co.uk Bishops Boats www.bishopsboats.com and Temples Seal Trips www.sealtrips.co.uk