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Local Birding

Breckland is quite good for birders in itself and has good access to many good birding spots around the county.

  • Lynford Arboretum – Local Arboretum – forest paths and flooded gravel pits. (Hawfinches, Firecrest)
  • Santon Downham – Walk along side the Little Ouse towards Brandon or through the forest paths, good for kids as they can play in the shallow Ouse. (Red-backed Shrike, Siskin, Crossbill, Nightjar, Woodlark, Woodcock)
  • Foxley Wood – an ancient woodland run by Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), woodland birds, tawny owls, alongside 350 flowering plant species. (Bird Chorus)
  • East Wretham Heath – (NWT) Hides and shelters overlook Langmere, Fenmere and Ringmere making it good for waterbirds and migratory waders. (Nightjar, Woodlark)
  • Wayland Wood – (NWT) woodland birds and other nature with a surprising 250 varieties of moths recorded, many bluebells in spring. (Nightingales, Blackcaps)
  • Pensthorpe – Waterfowl Park and Nature Reserve, used in BBC spring watch 2008-2010

Slightly further away are coast line sites such as Cley Marshes, Hickling Broad, Blakeney Point, Brancaster Staithe, Holme Bird Observatory Reserve and Titchwell.

There are also plenty of nature reserves nearby including Narborough Railway Line, Honeypot Wood and Thompson Common with its pingo trial.

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