where to see broads wildlife
The Broads National Park is the largest wetland area in the UK and one of the most important in Europe, and it’s a haven for birds and all kinds of wildlife. Indeed, there are more rare species in the Broads than anywhere else in Britain. You can see grebes, herons, kingfishers, and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the rare bittern.
You might also see the rare swallowtail butterfly, which is found nowhere else in the UK, and these days it’s not unusual to spot an otter poking its whiskered snout out of the water.
Explore the Broads
Wheelchair-friendly boardwalked paths through the woodland take you to a lookout where you can spot grebes and herons.
Unique garden that offers an accessible taster of the local landscape, and boat trips.
The wildest Broad, with bird hides, a visitor centre and regular boat trips.
Cranes overhead at Horsey Mere, and seals on the nearby beach, especially in winter when the Greys have their pups (Commons have their June-August).
Part of the Bure Marshes Nature Reserve, and a good place to see swallowtail butterflies.
Nature trails and magical trips through reeds and narrow dykes on the Electric Eel.
Boardwalks through the reeds and woodland, boat trips and a conservation centre.
Family-friendly RSPB reserve with woodland, reed and meadow habitats for birds of all kinds. And look out for otters!
Peaceful haven for swallowtail butterflies, hawker dragonflies, water voles and otters.
Once the home of naturalist Ted Ellis, who called this stretch of reeds and dykes ‘a breathing space for the cure of souls’.