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Nature Reserves


Within Norfolk you will find many nature reserves, from those by the coast to those on the inland broads.

Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park and Nature Reserve is host to over 120 species of waterfowl and waders. Close to Fakenham, you can explore over 200 acres of meadowland, woodland and lakes.

Foxley Wood near Fakenham is owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. It is the largest remaining block of ancient woodland in Norfolk, and is renowned for its stunning bluebells and variety of wildlife.

Blakeney Point has a number of hides dotted around the water’s edge, where you can study the large variety of bird life. On nearby sandbanks there is a colony of seals and, by catching a boat from Morston, visitors can enjoy a closer look at these fascinating creatures.

Cley Marshes is home to a large number of rare migrants that are attracted by the wide expanse of salt marshes and all they hold.

Holme bird observatory is 3 miles north-east of Hunstanton, and has hides and a nature trail.

Holkham beach has a mixture of sand, salt marshes, mudflats and sand dunes, with Corsican pines attracting a variety of wildlife.

Scolt Head Island is 5 miles west of Wells-Next-the-Sea, and is accessible by ferry from Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Overy Staithe from April through to September.

Snettisham gravel pits on the Wash have hides and an information centre. Flocks of waders, ducks and breeding terns can be observed.

Titchwell, which is 1 mile west of Brancaster, has hides and a visitor centre. There are reed beds, a lagoon, salt marshes and a sandy beach with marsh harriers and bitterns.

Strumpshaw is between Acle and Norwich and is an RSPB reserve. It has an information centre and various hides scattered over a very idyllic setting.


Useful links

Visit Norfolk Website

Visit Norfolk is the strategic voice of the county's visitor industry. This brand delivery vehicle, operated by Visit East Anglia, is responsible for promoting all that the county has to offer at local, regional and national levels.

RSPB Norfolk

RSPB Norfolk - Passionate about nature, dedicated to saving it.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust helps to ensure Norfolk's habitats, wildlife and landscape are protected today and for future generations

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