Birdwatching, or birding, continues to be a popular hobby in the UK. About three million people reportedly go birdwatching here every year. Birdwatching is a really popular recreational activity of observing different species of birds and learning their physical characteristics and natural behaviour. Over the years, this activity has become an effective way of preserving wildlife and bird habitats, prompting organisations like the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to declare many areas as nature reserves.
Oldest Nature Reserve in Cley
One such area is Cley Marshes just outside the village of Cley-next-the-Sea. The oldest nature reserve in the area, Cley Marshes was bought by the NWT in 1926 to become a bird breeding sanctuary. The 176-hectare land provided ideal grounds for preserving natural habitats like reed beds and pools, whose water levels are regulated for migratory birds.