“Cley-Next-The-Sea is a timeless North Norfolk seaside brick and flint village with a traditional red telephone box and storybook streets. The George Hotel at Cley dates back to 18th Century. The building has survived World War II bombing and the 1953 floods. In 1926 The George hosted the inaugural meeting of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust – or The Norfolk Naturalists Trust as it was called then – after their purchase of 407 acres of the nearby Cley Marshes for £5,160.
Its subsequent planning and operation has become the blueprint for all forms of nature conservation across the UK.
Over the years more and more people are spending short breaks in Norfolk, and Cley marshes has become increasingly popular with bird watchers, wildlife photographers and nature lovers. Ever watchful of the delicate balance between nature and human activity, in 2007 the Trust opened its visitor centre. The centre is eco-friendly and has a shop, viewing areas and cafe.
The Cley Marshes in North Norfolk is a 400-acre expanse filled with breath-taking sights, beautiful species of wildlife and endless opportunities for fun for the whole family. There’s the fresh breeze coming from the sea across the Cley Marshes which are ablaze in the sun and a picture-perfect peaceful spot. Exploring the Cley Marshes might just be what you need to unwind, so book your stay at an excellent place like The George Hotel at Cley, and enjoy a few other activities beyond the scenery.
Watch Birds All Year Round
Cley Marshes was purchased by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust in 1962 for the sole purpose of turning the place into a bird breeding sanctuary. Today, it is known as one of the best spots for bird watching in all of Norfolk and beyond.
Sightings of these two rare birds attracted over a thousand people, as most of them haven’t seen these species up close. Aside from citril finches and Moltoni’s warblers, Norfolk has also played host to a flock of dotterills, further proof that the county is the destination of choice for a top birdwatching experience.
With the long summer holidays almost upon us, where better to plan a short break than in Norfolk to have an up-close and personal encounter with various species of birds. You don’t need to worry about accommodation, for hotels like the George Hotel at Cley can happily provide you with the perfect place to stay.
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.