Norfolk Birdwatching Sites and the Birding Year

Norfolk Guided Birding with Gary Elton

Birding Sites and Seasons.

Norfolk has a large number of birdwatching sites, ranging from the well known places such as the RSPB & Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves such as Titchwell , Holme and  Cley, to more low key general birdwatching areas where it is possible to get away from it all. These latter areas are invariably at times under watched and give us amble opportunity to find our own birds and enjoy the fantastic Norfolk countryside and scenery, examples of these include places such as  Burnham Overy Staithe and Dunes, Stiffkey Fen, Holkham Meols and  Warham Greens.

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Productive at all times of year, the winter months revealing thousands of Icelandic Pink-footed Geese, Shorelarks, Short-eared Owls, Twite and Snow Buntings. The summer breeding waders and terns and the spring and autumn invariably producing the birding surprises the county has become renown for.

The East coast and the Broads can be just as productive , with a winter visit to Hickling raptor roost producing impressive numbers of Marsh Harriers, invariably accompanied by Hen Harriers and Merlins.  The immediate area regularly attracts wild Swans, feeding Common Cranes and  Short-eared Owl. Nearby Breydon Water attracts thousands of roosting ducks and waders easily viewable on the high tides and the sea front at Great Yarmouth a regular wintering site for the attractive Mediterranean Gull.

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Adult Mediterranean Gull.

It can be just as productive away from the coast, in and around the Breckland area of the county and Thetford Forest. Here specialist species such as Stone Curlew, Goshawk and Hawfinch can be found, with local knowledge invariably increasing our chances of seeing these birds.

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Male Hawfinch