Bird watching in East Anglia

Norfolk and Suffolk are two of the most important birdwatching counties in the UK – and there’s plenty to see year-round.

Orford Ness and Havergate Nature Reserve and the Suffolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have inspired birdwatchers for generations. Within or close to these are fantastic locations such as the Blyth Estuary, Dunwich Heath, Trimley Marsh, Sizewell Belts, Walberswick and, of course, Minsmere, which has featured recently on BBC’s Springwatch programme.

Norfolk has fabulous reserves on the coast at Snettisham, Holme-next-the-Sea, Titchwell, Holkham, and Cley-next-the-Sea. The Broads are another magnet for birds, and there are reserves at Hickling, Berney Marshes and Breydon Water, and Strumpshaw Fen. Norfolk also enjoys the Winter Wildlife Safari, with thousands of migrating swans at Welney Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, migrating geese at Snettisham and also the largest seal colony in England at Blakeney Point.

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