August Bank Holiday Birding

Yesterday we took a trip out to Cley marshes, a Norfolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve on the Norfolk coast. We’ve been before so quickly cottoned on to the fact that it was way too hot to wander round a completely featureless, shade-less landscape on such a hot day, so made straight for the hides instead.

Here are a few photos of the birds we saw. There were the usual waders and also a spoonbill, green sandpiper, and a curlew. (Nope, didn’t get a photo of any of the good ‘uns – they were too far away.)

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A helicopter flew overhead and it frightened the geese and they took flight. Suddenly hundreds of birds were flying at the hide and squawking like mad until eventually they settled down. It was quite handy though as they all did a reshuffle and we got to see birds that had previously been hiding at the back.


We also heard but didn’t see bearded tits and there were a pair of marsh harriers circling in the distance. If you’ve never been it is certainly worth a trip as there are always lots of birds to see, especially during the winter migration, and the visitor centre is really impressive.

Then it was off to Wells Next the Sea for chips.




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Hello! I'm Clarissa, a green lifestyle blogger from Norwich, UK. I write about environmental concerns, animal rights issues, and also my hobbies of birding, gardening, and nature rambling, as well as sharing vegetarian recipes and reviews on cruelty-free products. Feel free to comment and connect with me on social media; you can find me on: Instagram: Twitter:

6 thoughts on “August Bank Holiday Birding”

    1. Ha yeah, was gonna say, I’m no tourist.

      It’s such a beautiful coastline and so much to do. We also skipped the worst bank holiday traffic so felt pretty smug!

      1. We felt a bit like tourists up here when we used to live in Norwich, now we live here we’re ubersmug all the time! bw A

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