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winter wildfowl and natural history

Norfolk is justly famous for its wildlife. Our itinerary is designed to take in the most spectacular avian events and to give us a chance of seeing some of the county’s splendid mammal-life.
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Wildlife Travel leaflet Norfolk winter 2023


7th to 11th December 2023


Jono Leadley and James Lowen



Single Room Supplement – £180


Four nights, accommodation, full board. Local transport and entry fees as specified in itinerary.

Not included

Travel to Crostwick. Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 4, maximum 14.

Norfolk is justly famous for its wildlife. Our itinerary is designed to take in the most spectacular avian events and to give us a chance of seeing some of the county’s splendid mammal-life.

From our base just north of Norwich, we’ll explore the great wetlands and sweeping vistas of the Norfolk Broads. We’ll visit a colony of Grey Seals and hope to witness both newborn seal pups and rough-and-ready courtship. We’ll also visit the Thurne catchment where we have a high chance of finding winter geese and charming Chinese Water Deer. We end the day at the spectacular roost of harriers at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Stubb Mill, where up to 100 Marsh Harriers may be accompanied by other raptors, Cranes and occasionally Bitterns. Our second day in Broadland will be spent in the Yare Valley, where we have a fair chance of seeing Otters at play, as well as wintering White-fronted and (fingers crossed) Taiga Bean Geese and the evening spectacle of thousands of corvids coming in to the roost which inspired Mark Cocker’s celebrated ‘Crow Country’.

After our time in the east, we will head north to spend a day on the marshes along the North Norfolk coast. A feature of this time of year are the large flocks of geese feeding out in the fields: thousands of Pink-footed Geese, along with smaller numbers of White-fronted and Tundra Bean Geese. We will spend some time on our goose chase, before turning attention to the marshes and beaches in search of Shorelark, Snow Buntings and any rare birds which may appear at this rewarding time of year. Our day in North Norfolk will end with the cackles of innumerable thousands of Pink-Footed Geese in our ears as they fly in to roost. Unforgettable!

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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