Bird Watching Holidays in Norfolk

November in Norfolk is just so special.  It marks the beginning of the extraordinary natural phenomenon that is the annual bird migration. If you are looking for  bird watching holidays in Norfolk, you have come to the right place.

The first day I hear the honking of the geese overhead makes my heart soar.  It means, Autumn, log fires, misty dark evenings, deserted beaches, colourful woodland walks and fabulous lunches in our local pub by the fire.

The View from the sitting room at St Nicholas Cottage, overlooking the salt marsh and sea

The View from the sitting room at St Nicholas Cottage, overlooking the salt marsh and sea

Thousands of migratory birds take refuge along the safe harbours of the RSPB reserves along the coast at Snettisham, Titchwell and  The Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Cley Marsh.  Although you do not need to go to any of these places to observe the wildlife.  

Just look up at dusk  or dawn and you will see, and hear, thousands of geese returning to roost on the safe marshes for the night, or flying off en masse to seek food in the farmers fields.  

To witness a huge flock of geese dropping out of the sky down not the ground, or indeed taking off, from the fields in a fabulous uplifting sight, though the farmers may not agree as they are munching on the crops!

Sunset at RSPB reserve Snettisham

Sunset at RSPB reserve Snettisham

The RSPB has some events on during the season which are well worth going to, to have the expert knowledge from the warden is invaluable, and gives a real in-depth insight into the wildlife and birds.  You may be lucky enough to see a starling mumeration a captivating dance of hundreds of starlings all moving as one into intricate and wild shapes before all descending into the reeds to roost at dusk.

NWT Cley is described as possibly the premier place for birders in the UK.  The facilities for the visitor are fantastic with a wonderful observatory overlooking the marsh and a well defined boardwalk with hides along the way.  

RSPB Titchwell has the best of both worlds with a state of the art hide straddling both the freshwater and sea water lagoons, so your chances of seeing something special are doubled.

Sunset at RSPB reserve Snettisham

Sunset at RSPB reserve Snettisham

We have some great holiday accommodation for a bird watching holidays in Norfolk,  including St Nicholas Cottage that actually overlooks the salt marshes at Salthouse, giving a front row seat to the migration. Brancaster Cottage, right down on the salt marsh in Brancaster is again a wildlife watchers dream. you can’t get any closer to the marshes than this house.  

It sleeps 2 and will accept a dog.   For amazing value The Nest in Mundesley is only £34o for a week in November and December.  It sleeps 2 and is immaculate.  For a luxurious cottage have a look at Spring Cottage in Cley next Sea, again with views over the salt marsh and a short way to the RSPB reserve in Cley.  It sleeps 4 and has two wood burners for cosy nights in.