There are some fantastic nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) dotted throughout the UK, which attract not only lots of visitors but various wildlife species as well. The UK is a popular destination for birdwatching with around three million people every year actively choosing to go birdwatching, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Cley Marshes Nature Reserve at Cley next-the-Sea, Norfolk is one of the most popular birdwatching sites in the whole of the UK. Its reed beds and grazing marshes serve as the perfect resting ground for migratory birds. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) has a popular visitor centre which offers excellent viewing areas as well as an excellent café which makes the perfect refreshment stop for a quick cuppa whilst ensuring your binoculars are still poised on capturing that elusive bird.
What makes Norfolk the perfect place for short breaks is that alongside the excellent opportunities for birdwatching there are so many other attractions as well as natural attractions like the fantastic beaches waiting for you to discover. The Norfolk Coast Path provides the perfect trail for taking in all that North Norfolk’s heritage coastline has to offer.
Historical Landmarks and seaside resorts
As well as Norfolk’s popular beaches, heritage-lovers won’t be disappointed will history and heritage aplenty. Nearby Holkham Hall is a must visit where you can soak up the grandeur of one of Norfolk’s most stately homes. The seaside resort of Hunstanton or “Sunny Hunny,” as it is commonly referred to, is a fun day out if you are looking for some good old fashioned seaside fun with lots of traditional seaside activities such as donkey rides, amusement arcades as well as seaside theatre shows.
Norfolk’s Coastal Path and the many village footpaths offer a great way to take in the coastal scenery. Popular areas for walking include breach walks at Holkham Beach as well as village walks between villages and long the sea wall such as the Blakeney Freshes between Blakeney and Cley. If you enjoy mooching around the shops, the picture-perfect village of Burnham Market, with its upscale shops is a must visit.
If you’re planning a short break in Norfolk for birdwatching, don’t forget to choose an excellent hotel like The George Hotel at Cley, which has rooms overlooking the marshes and great facilities.
An Introduction to the Norfolk Coast. Tournorfolk.co.uk
The birdwatchers’ code. Rspb.org.uk
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