A relaxing walk through reedbeds, woodlands and wildflower meadows. Look out for special wildlife like swallowtail butterflies, bitterns and otters.
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 and picnic benches, Hot drinks and a range of snacks are available to buy from reception. A variety of events and guided walks held 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.
For further details see www.rspb.org.uk
Free entrance to RSPB members Yes
Children £2.50 (under 18)
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
Free entrance for carers Yes
Reserve trails: Woodland Trail open, accessed via the main entrance.
Fen Trail closed until further notice (including the Tinker’s Lane entrance).
Car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Visitor Centre/Reception Hide: closed.
Toilets: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Festive opening times:
Christmas Eve: reserve open dawn-dusk, toilets open.
Christmas Day: closed.
Boxing Day: reserve open dawn-dusk, toilets open.
New Year’s Eve: reserve open dawn-dusk, reception open 10am-4pm
New Year’s Day: reserve open dawn-dusk, reception open 10am-4pm.
All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.