Brilliant bird watching across the East

Become a bird watcher in Norfolk and Suffolk

Birdwatching in East Anglia

Norfolk and Suffolk, we think are up there when it comes to the best place to bird watch in the UK.

With over 500 species, East Anglia must be on your must visit list if you love bird watching. Find out the best spots across the region below.

Best spots to birdwatch in Norfolk.

Ranworth Church Tower

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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The best spots to birdwatch in Suffolk

Marsh Harrier at RSPB Minsmere
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.

Birds to watch out for...

Whitethroat in Norfolk, birdwatching in East Anglia

Check out the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Species Explorer for what birds to look out for in Norfolk.

The RSPB also lists its recent sightings, look at what's been seen at RSPB Minsmere.

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Birdwatching in East Anglia

With around 500 miles of coast, in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, gently, rolling countryside, woodlands and forests to explore, this is the place for walking and cycling. There are many paths and trails, as well as wonderful wildlife to see.

There are three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the north Norfolk Coast, Suffolk Coast and Heaths and Dedham Valley on the Suffolk-Essex border, a lowland landscape made famous worldwide by painters Constable and Gainsborough.

There is also the unique Norfolk Broads, over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways and the only British National Park with a city in it.

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