Just thought I’d let you know we had a successful few days of wildlife hunting in Norfolk, so thanks for all your tips – they definitely helped us make the most of it. Sadly we didn’t see bearded tits, but otherwise it was very productive, with lots of firsts for me (despite the unseasonal weather).
We saw a vast array of bird species at Titchwell, including avocets and a marsh harrier. I couldn’t believe how many razor shells had washed up on the beach – there were literally heaps of them! Lots of sea stars too. Is this typical with the tides around here?
We had an early start at Snettisham but it was well worth it - spectacular flocks of knot flying, then gathering on the bank in front of the Roost hide. They were so densely packed, I thought they were pebbles till I looked through my binoculars!
At Abbey Farm we saw a pair of little owls, lots of fieldfares and redwings, and a roosting barn owl (in a tree hollow), amongst others. Then we carried on to the Wolferton triangle and saw a male golden pheasant crossing the road just in front of us! I’m not generally a fan of introduced species but they are stunning birds and I was really pleased to see one. I can appreciate how lucky we were, as we visited again several times but didn’t see anything.
We also went to Lynford Arboretum in Thetford Forest and got great views of plenty of species, including nuthatches and marsh tits feeding (good for any photographers out there). Then we carried on to Lakenheath Fen and spent a long while watching a pair of marsh harriers circling over the reedbeds and saw several cranes flying. And after spending a long time fruitlessly peering into the reeds a couple of bitterns flew right past us!
On the Sunday we went to Hunstanton Cliffs (lots of fulmars) and Holme Dunes. We discovered both places are great areas to find skate/ray egg cases and collected loads to take away and identify. I think this was mentioned in BBC Wildlife Magazine a few issues back, but a reminder for anyone reading this: the Shark Trust are asking for people to send in reports of any egg cases they have found on the beach and provide information on their website to help with identification: http://www.sharktrust.org/en/GEH_the_project
I think it’s interesting and fun and worthwhile doing
We also spotted numerous hares, muntjac and roe deer, and a hunting barn owl, en route to our destinations. Sandringham was nice too.
I think we were particularly lucky, but Norfolk’s definitely a great place to see wildlife.