RSPB Strumpshaw Fen Nature Reserve
Set in the wild and beautiful Yare Valley, near Norwich, Strumpshaw Fen is an enchanting nature reserve where you can get close to the outstanding wildlife of the Norfolk Broads. Enjoy a gentle family stroll through a timeless landscape of reedbeds, pools, meadows and woodlands. Marsh harriers hunt over the reeds and you might see a kingfisher, bittern or even an otter.
In spring and summer, the meadows bloom with wild orchids and come alive with dragonflies and butterflies. Look out for rare insects like swallowtail butterflies and Norfolk hawker dragonflies.
Families can borrow pond-dipping nets, binoculars and magnifying pots to discover wildlife up close. Or come along to one of the special family event days with hands-on wildlife activities.
Visitor facilities include three viewing hides and a reception area, 8km of nature trails, picnic benches, and a hot drinks machine. There are guided walks on most weekends throughout the year.
"Had a great day out with my daddy and sister. We saw a bittern and a kingfisher, also lots of butterflies and dragonflies" - Natasha, age 10
"An amazing day in a magical place - I haven't felt so relaxed in ages!" - Adrian, Norwich.
Entry to reserve: Adults £2.50; Concessions £1.50; Children 50p; Families £5. RSPB members FREE.
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|Notes||The reserve is open from dawn until dusk every day except Christmas Day. Reception is open from 9am until 5pm every day in summer, and 9am until 4pm in winter.|
ContactStrumpshaw Fen office
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VenueRSPB Strumpshaw Fen Nature Reserve
Low Road, Strumpshaw, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 4HS
Map reference: TG 341066 Lat: 52.60668 Long: 1.45598
The reserve is best approached from the village of Brundall, east of Norwich just off the A47. From the A47 roundabout, drive through Brundall and continue along the high street towards Strumpshaw. Soon after you pass the Strumpshaw sign, turn right into Stone Road, and immediately right again into Low Road. The reserve car park is 500 m down Low Road on the right.
By Public Transport:
By bus: the 17A service from Norwich stops near the reserve, at the bottom of Stone Road. From Stone Road turn immediately right down Low Road, the reserve is 15 minutes walk from here. Buses run week days and Saturdays (not Sundays).
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Brundall station
Visitor facilities include three hides, a pond-dipping platform, and a reception area.
Disabled Access: limited access for wheelchairs – see website or phone for details.
Also at this venue
Events at this venue
|Sun 23 Jun 2013||Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk|
|Sun 7 Jul 2013||Moth morning|
|Sun 21 Jul 2013||Wildflower meadows walk|
|Sun 28 Jul 2013||Marvellous moths for children|
|Thu 1 Aug 2013||Children's bug hunt|
|Sun 4 Aug 2013||Pond-life workshop|
|Sun 11 Aug 2013||Moth morning|
|Thu 15 Aug 2013||Pond-dipping day|
|Sun 18 Aug 2013||Dragonflies and butterflies|
|Thu 22 Aug 2013||Children's bug hunt|
|Thu 29 Aug 2013||Marvellous moths for children|
|Sat 7 Sep 2013||The twilight zone|
|Sat 14 Sep 2013||Bat and moth safari|
|Sun 20 Oct 2013||Walk with the Warden|
|Wed 30 Oct 2013||Creatures of the night|
|Sun 3 Nov 2013||Animal tracks and signs|
|Sun 15 Dec 2013||Off the Beaten Track|