|Norfolk - winter wildfowl and natural history|
|28 Oct - 2 Nov 2012 (6 days)|
Natural History & More
Following the success of our summer tour to Norfolk, we're delighted to be visiting the county again, this time in the early winter.
Norfolk is justly famous for its wildlife. Our itinerary is designed to take in the most spectacular avian events and to give us a chance of seeing some of the county's splendid mammal life.
From our base in the town of Acle, we'll spend two full days exploring the great wetlands of the Norfolk Broads. We'll visit a colony of Grey Seals and hope to witness both newborn seals and rough-and-ready courtship, taking great care to respect these sensitive animals. We'll also visit the grazing marshes of the Thurne catchment where we have a chance of finding Common Cranes, winter geese and charming Chinese Water Deer. We end at the spectacular roost of harriers at NWT Stubb Mill, where up to 100 Marsh Harriers may be accompanied by other raptors, Cranes and the occasional Bittern. Our second day in Broadland will be spent in the Yare Valley, where we have a fair chance of seeing otters at play, as well as wintering geese and the evening spectacle of countless thousands of corvids (Rooks and Jackdaws) coming in to roost, which inspired Mark Cocker's celebrated "Crow Country".
In the west of the county, a day will be spent visiting the Ouse Washes, where flocks of Whooper and Bewick's Swans are accompanied by teeming hordes of Pochard, Wigeon and other ducks. We'll also visit marshes along the North Norfolk coast in search of Twite, Shorelark, Snow Buntings and any rare birds which appear at this most rewarding time of year. Our day in North Norfolk will end with the cackles of innumerable thousands of Pink-footed Geese in our ears as they fly in to roost. An unforgettable few days with Norfolk's outstanding wildlife.
£725 per person, Single Room Supplement £75
Leaders: Jono Leadley and Philip Precey