Leigh Marshall's Norfolk

Leigh Marshall of the Welney Wetland Centre tells us about his favourite Norfolk things.


Where is your favourite place to eat, and why? One of the many fish and chip shops at Wells-next-the-Sea along the coast, particularly after a day watching wildlife with the family - can't beat it.

Your favourite pub, and why? Red Lion in Stifkey – a short walk from High Sand Creek campsite and a good pint of a Norfolk ale.

Leigh Marshall Leigh with his children Toby and Fergus enjoying the great Norfolk outdoors.

What do you long for if you've been away? My full time job is managing the WWT Welney wetland site and it doesn't not take me long to get back to my work and to see what the reserve is looking like, enjoying the big skies and open landscape, not forgetting what birds have been about.

What's your favourite Norfolk place and why? Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Holme dunes is always a tranquil nature reserve offering fun at the beach all year round for the family and always has some good birds in and around the reserve and out at sea to enjoy.

Where would you have a picnic and what Norfolk food would you have? Burnham Overy, a nice walk to some amazing sand dunes and enjoying a local ham sandwich with a flask of nice coffee sheltering from an easterly wind.

Your favourite Norfolk view? Watching Bewick's swans leaving the washes on a frosty or snowy day at WWT Welney.

Where would you send a visitor to really appreciate Norfolk? A must is to witness three world class wildlife spectacles and it's great for everyone and you don't need to be know anything about birds to enjoy it.
1. Seeing and hearing thousands of Bewick's and Whooper swans taking to the skies at WWT Welney.
2. Watching tens of thousands of waders in the spring or autumn high tide at Snettisham beach.
3. Seeing and hearing thousands of pink footed geese along the Norfolk coastline in the winter.

What piece of advice would you give to a visitor of the county? I am an outdoor person so camping is a must on the north Norfolk coast. Some fantastic sites right on the coast and camping for a week will give you a great insight to this unspoilt area and open space. Witnessing some amazing wildlife and enjoying great starlit skies enhances this experience. I always look on Visit Norfolk website for ideas in all weathers and events going on.

What's your idea of Norfolk Big Sky Thinking? Enjoying a long run through the Fens looking up at the big star filled nights and freedom that this landscapes has to offer.

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