The Norfolk Coast is richly diverse, with distinctive landscapes, wildlife, settlements, geological features, building styles and materials, communities, history and culture. The area is essentially unspoilt with a strong feeling of remoteness, peace and tranquillity.

The coast has a strong feeling of wilderness and of being exposed to and shaped by the elements. In general, there is a managed approach to achieving a more naturally functioning coastline, which is increasingly valuable for its habitats and the species they support, including breeding, migrating and wintering birds. Where it is deemed necessary to maintain coastal defences, this is done in the most sensitive way possible in terms of sustainability and visual and wildlife impacts.

The landscape shows many links with history, with features and patterns created by past cultures and land use, and with its geological past through large scale features and individual sites. There are wide skyscapes, seascapes and dark night skies that show the richness and detail of star patterns. All parts of the area support a rich diversity of characteristic wildlife and habitats associated with natural variations and management, including species and habitats of national and international importance.

We’re so lucky that nearby Cley Marshes is one of Norfolk’s best places to visit for wildlife! Perched right on the north Norfolk coastline – just a hop, skip and a jump from us, Cley Marshes has a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s best birdwatching sites. It is  Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s oldest and best known nature reserve. It was purchased in 1926 making it the first Wildlife Trust reserve in the country. The shingle beach and saline lagoons, along with the grazing marsh and reed bed support large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.

Seven of our thirteen rooms look directly onto the Cley Marshes and are perfect for a spot of pre-breakfast bird watching.

To plan your birdwatching short break to Norfolk please contact us for more information and to book. 

Recent Sightings


Bird Sightings by Keith and Paul

1 Lapland, 3 Snow Bunting, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2  Garganey


New Sightings in Cley...

Over the Cley Marshes we have just seen.... A Barn Owl, Skylark, Shell Duck and an Avocet


White Egret

A White Egret Flew over Salthouse and then over Cley Marshes.


See around Cley Marshes

14 Spoonbills, Avocet's, and Red Shanks see around Cley Marshes


Spoonbills on Cley Marshes

Spoonbill have been spotted on the Cley Marshes


Redshanks, Avocet ( and Chicks) Curlew, March Harrier,Terns and an Oyster catcher

They were all seen between Blakeney and cley,  on the Marches


Barn Owl seen opposite The George at Cley

The Barn Owl was seen flying over Cley marshes opposite The George at 8.00 am

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