Norfolk - early summer natural history
Norfolk is justly known as one of Britain’s best counties for wildlife. From a base just north of Norwich, we’ll explore a diverse range of habitats in search of early-summer wildlife.
We will spend one full day in Broadland, England’s most important lowland wetland, where Norfolk Hawker dragonflies and Swallowtail butterflies are among the rare creatures we may see on the wing over fens full of fascinating plantlife. Marsh Harriers are feeding chicks at this time of year, Bitterns are booming and Hobbies are feeding on the first flush of summer dragonflies.
We’ll also spend a day in Breckland, Norfolk’s historic sandy grassland, where Mediterranean plants and insects have their northern-most outposts and Stone Curlews have their national stronghold. Though the landscape has changed dramatically, with the introduction of modern agriculture and forestry, we’ll find quiet corners of the Brecks where we can still explore the fascinating history and natural history of these unique grasslands.
Heading to the famous North Norfolk Coast, we will take a privately-chartered boat trip out to Blakeney Point, where we will visit the busy colonies of breeding terns and pupping seals. We will also visit the famous Cley Marshes reserve, where we will watch elegant Avocets and dozing Spoonbills, and listen out for pinging Bearded Tits, and then head inland to Kelling Heath, where Dartford Warblers and Woodlark may be seen, with early butterflies and reptiles also in our sights.
On one evening we’ll make an (optional) after-dinner visit to a quiet Norfolk heath in search of churring Nightjars and roding Woodcock.