Birdwatching in Norfolk

Norfolk is a hub of wildlife activity, and that is certainly true for birdlife. In fact, Norfolk is known for its variety of birdlife which changes throughout the season, as well as some rare species. There is a high concentration of beautiful birdlife within the county’s wetlands, the Broads National Park, which is a fantastic place to go birdwatching in Norfolk as there is a high concentration of nature reserves within the National Park, which spreads into the southern county of Suffolk. Here you can see our top 3 nature reserves for some great bird-spotting opportunities! Plus, birds to keep your eyes peeled for are highlighted in blue!

Considering birdwatching in Norfolk? We have a few favourite spots to take part in the hobby.

Strumpshaw Fen

Birdwatching in Norfolk: KingfisherSituated nearby to the River Yare, this nature reserve features beautiful woodlands, plenty of reedbeds and meadows and as such is home to a variety of Norfolk wildlife. Spring and summer see the meadows reach full bloom, with a range of butterflies and dragonflies visible. This nature reserve is great for guided walks, as well as having 3 hides and a disabled access viewing point.

Keep your eyes open for barn owls, bitterns, kingfishers, marsh harriers and Cetti’s warblers!

SatNav postcode: NR13 3HS

Dogs are not permitted on this nature reserve.


Hickling Broad

Birdwatching in Norfolk: Bearded titJust off the River Thurne is Hickling Broad, the largest Broad in the system. With various trails for visitors to explore and plenty of wildlife to spot, this is a great option. As well as birds, the nature reserve is also known to be home to deer and insects, and boat tours operate around the Broad in the summer months.

Keep your eyes open for bitterns, common cranes, barn owls and bearded tits!         

SatNav postcode: NR12 0BS

Dogs are not permitted on this nature reserve.


Berney Marshes and Breydon Water

Birdwatching in Norfolk: LawpingAmongst the largest expanses of wet grasslands in the UK, the Berney Marshes are close to Great Yarmouth, just off the River Yare. Known for its peaceful atmosphere as well as thousands of wintering duck, geese and swans with plenty more birdlife to be discovered in the spring and summer months.

Keep your eyes open for lawpings, golden plovers, red shanks, pink-footed geese and wigeons!

SatNav postcode: NR31 9PZ

Dogs are permitted on public footpaths only.

Last reviewed 01 September 2017. Please check with service provider before travelling for correct information. Photo of man birdwatching by David Street, courtesy of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.


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