Short breaks in Norfolk can be filled with endless tourist attractions and sights to see. The stunning countryside and coast of North Norfolk has long been admired by ornithologists, artists and photographers.
Norfolk is home to the lovingly preserved North Norfolk railway. The coastal railway, also known as the Poppy Line because of the flowers that bloom along the track, operates both steam and historic diesel engines and connects the town of Sheringham to Weybourne and Holt. Further afield, there is the Bure valley railway with a steam train that tootles along the track and the restored mid-Norfolk railway also operates steam-hauled excursions.
The Cley Marshes is a bird breeding sanctuary and thus serves as Norfolk’s premier bird watching site. It’s famous for being one of the oldest and most well-kept natuel reserves in the world, and birds like the marsh harrier, northern lapwing and the island-nesting avocet call this ecological haven their home.
Birdwatching can be done any time throughout the year in Norfolk, there’s always something to spot however there are key times of the year that make the birdwatching experience that much more special. Birders who are looking to expand their sightings of certain species are encouraged to research when best to visit to ensure optimum sightings. Successful and experienced birdwatchers will know what to spot when.
For its part, the area of Norfolk in East England is a birdwatcher’s haven all year round. No matter what season, you can find some interesting and unique species of birds here; often more than 100 species in any given day if you know what you are looking for which is really quite remarkable. Having some basic bird know-how will help you recognise the best time of the year or day to watch which.