WHERE: CLEY MARSHES, NORTH NORFOLK
When: April 8, 2018
Cley Marshes on the North Norfolk coast is a real gem of a reserve.
This patchwork of wetlands, reed beds, wet meadows, coastal shingle beach and brackish lagoons offers breeding, feeding and safe haven to huge numbers of birds and other creatures.
Cley is well known for its superb variety of wetland bird species, including avocet, bearded tit, spoonbills, barn owls, bittern and marsh harriers.
At this time of year there will still be a trickle of passage migrants too, so just about anything could turn up!
The shingle beach is a wonderful spot to look out for coastal species such as ringed plover and oyster catcher as well as more unusual birds out at sea. Here we may spot sea ducks like scoter and the passage of skuas and other ocean wanderers.
We will also have our radar on for other creatures, including the Chinese water deer that thrive in this marshy habitat and the chance of seeing an otter hunting in the marshes.
JOIN ME, SIMON KING, FOR A WILD DAY OUT, EXPLORING CLEY MARSHES AND THE AREAS BEYOND.
We will meet at 06.30 at the Cley Marshes Visitor Centre car park
And take it from there.
Walking is easy going on flat, even ground and board walks, but, depending on the weather, it can be soggy underfoot off the main tracks. Stout walking boots are the order of the day.
Please bring enough food and drink for the day and a back pack suitable for carrying this and any other kit you may have with you.
We will have an opportunity to pop in to the visitor centre for a comfort break during the day.
Binoculars are a must (if you don’t have a pair I can provide you with one for the day) and do bring your spotting scope if you have one. Don’t worry if not, I shall have mine with me which we can share. The day is not geared specifically for photography (see below for bespoke photographic workshops) but there may well be good photo opportunities, so if you’re keen to try and capture images of the day, do bring your camera kit.
The guided walk will end at about 15:00 but you are of course welcome to stay on and enjoy the magic of the North Norfolk coast in your own time for the rest of the afternoon and evening. I may even join you!
LIMITED TO 10 GUESTS ONLY
To register your interest please email [email protected]
Entrance to the reserve is free for members of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, otherwise there is a charge of £4.50 for access to the hides (£5.00 with gift aid) chargeable in addition to the guiding fee.
NOTE REGARDING PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS
If you would like to discuss the possibility of one-to-one photographic workshops on the Marshes or elsewhere in the UK or overseas, do get in touch via the email address below.
Read what some of our guests have said about wildlife watching days with Simon….
“I had the most wonderful day in Simon’s company at Ham Wall and Shapwick. We went on to see over 40 different species (plus a few others which we only heard) and a number of these were life firsts for me. Simon was very gallant, calm, generous with his time and incredibly knowledgeable. So, in summary, thank you for genuinely one of the best days of my life.” PH
“Brilliant days at Knepp and Somerset.” SD
“What a great day we had, hubby was over the moon with his early birthday present.” DF
“We had a wonderful day. Simon is such a special person to spend time with, we learnt a lot.” SG
“I had a ‘Grand Day Out’ with Simon. I learned so much that I immediately put into use this morning when dog walking! I’d love to do more of these days out.” SH
“We had the most fantastic day, it was special in so many ways. It always feels like a real privilege to be out in the countryside with Simon. I hope to do it again one day.” RH