“Twitching” on the Broads

Often cited as Britain’s bird watching capital, Norfolk is an absolute haven for our feathered friends, making it a top destination if you’re thinking of looking at birdlife through a lens during your winter getaway.

We absolutely adore this corner of the world at this time of year; the varying landscapes make it a fantastic place to explore and holiday rentals in Norfolk are great value outside the peak summer season. Forget sunglasses, swimwear, and beach balls, this winter your holiday should be all about waders, thick coats, wellingtons, and the sort of socks that take weeks to dry – not to mention a pair of excellent binoculars, your camera, and, if you’re artistically inclined, your painting equipment.

Take your binoculars to the Norfolk Broads

What can you expect to see on the Broads at this time of year? The marshlands and waterways are an absolute haven for wading and water birds, including terns, geese, ducks, grebe, and the very private and elusive bittern. The vast fields and rich hedgerows provide food and shelter for all manner of warblers and tits, the common crossbill and firecrest. It’s essential that you look upwards; marsh harriers, barn owls, golden orioles, goshawks, and buzzards circle the clear Norfolk skies, while pheasants, bunting, pipits, and woodlarks stay a little closer to the ground. Photography and other forms of creative art are enjoyed in Norfolk, and there are many local galleries and exhibitions to inspire and enthral.

While you’re likely to spot all manner of plant and animal life without leaving your holiday accommodation, further afield Norfolk is blessed with a range of nature reserves, including those at Cley, Blakeney Point and Titchwell; nothing’s really very far away when you’re in search of a rare breed or fabulous photo opportunity. In addition, with riverside accommodation always a possibility, you may even spot a kingfisher during your breakfast, or a heron during afternoon tea. It’s the perfect way to spend precious holiday time!

What will you spot during your next adventure?

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