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Seven Natural Wonders of Norfolk

12 December 2018

The best-protected chalk river in Europe, the highest point in East Anglia, the longest chalk reef in the world, the largest seal colony in England, the last land link between the UK and the Continent, one of the first industrial centres in Europe and the warmest, driest area in the country... these are the seven natural wonders of Norfolk.

Welly walks in Norfolk

5 December 2018

It's been raining but now it's time to get outdoors again, so whack on the wellies, grab a warm coat and squelch around Norfolk to your heart’s content…

Top dog-friendly parks and woods

4 December 2018

Norfolk welcomes dogs and their owners, and we can promise lots of opportunities to run around on our coast and beaches and in the countryside. Here's our favourite dog-friendly parks and woods to explore.

New Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair to highlight Norfolk as ‘birdwatching capital of Britain’

1 December 2018

A team of local nature and conservation experts are coming together to host a brand new bird and wildlife fair showcasing why Norfolk is renowned as ‘the birdwatching capital of Britain’. The Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair will be held at Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019. It will highlight the county’s credentials as a birding and wildlife hotspot and shine a light on the myriad of extraordinary species attracted to the area.

Enjoy an Enchanting Christmas at Pensthorpe Natural Park

27 November 2018

Christmas is an enchanting affair at Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham, as twinkling festive lights adorn parts of the 700-acre nature reserve and special winter events draw visitors in from the cold.

Autumn wildlife in Norfolk

22 November 2018

Norfolk has some of the best wildlife in the country. Here Norfolk Wildlife Trust's David North gives us his Top 10 wildlife spectacles to look out for during the Autumn.

Winter wildlife in Norfolk

20 November 2018

Norfolk has some of the best wildlife in the county, and Winter is the best time to see some of it! Here David North of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust gives us the Top 10 wildlife spectacles to look out for during the Winter months...

World-leading conservationist set to visit Pensthorpe

8 November 2018

One of the world’s foremost conservationists has announced a visit to Norfolk to unveil his findings on the state of cranes worldwide. Aviculturalist George Archibald will be hosting the special event at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, at 7:30pm on Thursday 29 November 2018. The talk will present Archibald’s findings on the status of all 15 species of cranes of the world, including an update on how the Eurasian Crane are doing in the UK.

Don't keep taking the tablets... digital-free Norfolk

25 October 2018

With the world and his wife and their children constantly fixated by their smart phone, tablets and other digital devices, wouldn’t it be nice to get offline for a while? It used to be that the internet was an escape from the real world, now the real world is increasingly an escape from the internet! And where better to get away from it all than Norfolk, with stunning countryside, more than 90 miles of coast and the unique Norfolk Broads…

It’s a boy! Baby Red Panda Born at Banham Zoo

17 October 2018

Keepers at Banham Zoo are thrilled to announce the latest addition to the zoo, a male red panda cub, an extremely valuable addition to the ongoing international efforts to protect this threatened species. The cub, who is yet to be named, was born this summer to the zoo’s pair of red pandas, Jasper and Maggie. The two adult pandas have been together since 2015, producing a female cub in 2016.

Head outdoors in Norfolk

11 October 2018

The days are warmer and longer - now is the perfect time to head outdoors to have fun. From splashing around in the sea and making sandcastles on our beautiful beaches to discovering wildlife and nature in the Broads and Brecks,or being a flaneur in Norwich, you’ll never be short of exciting adventures.

It’s twins at Banham - and they are Otter-ly Adorable!

28 September 2018

Two Asian small-clawed otter cubs have been born at Banham Zoo and are expected to enthral visitors to the East Anglian zoo in the coming months with their playful antics.

Celebrate Norfolk Commons Week September 22-30 2018

21 September 2018

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is holding a week of free walks, talks, activities and events to celebrate our heritage of common land in the county during September 2018.

Photo Competition to Celebrate our Norfolk Commons

21 September 2018

We have more than 300 commons in Norfolk, and a new photography competition launched by Norfolk Wildlife Trust hopes local people can capture the essence of why they are so special to us.

Your Holkham beach experience just gets better!

20 September 2018

There are new visitor facilities at Holkham National Nature Reserve for its 800,000 annual visitors - making a visit to BBC Countryfile Magazine's Best Beach in Britain an even more enjoyable experience.

Where to see coastal wildlife

13 September 2018

David Diggens of gives us his Top 10 great places to see coastal wildlife in Norfolk.

Conservationists hopeful for breeding flamingos in Norfolk as flock expands at Pensthorpe

6 September 2018

It is hoped that the breeding fortunes are on the up for a group of Greater Flamingos at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham in Norfolk, which has welcomed 20 new birds to join its resident flock of 29. The new birds, which have come from Slimbridge Wetland Centre, near Gloucester, take the Pensthorpe flock beyond the ‘magic number 40’ which, according to experts, can help to boost breeding rates amongst the birds.

Holkham appoints Jake Fiennes to lead estate conservation

5 September 2018

The appointment of innovative conservationist Jake Fiennes to lead Holkham Estate's conservation strategies and manage the Holkham National Nature Reserve show's the estates continued commitment to wildlife and sustainability.

New Pensthorpe exhibit raises awareness of fragile wetlands

5 September 2018

Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, has opened the doors to its latest new attraction, the Wetland Discovery Area, which is intended to educate visitors about the importance and fragility of wetland habitats and to inspire them to help protect them.

On The Great Pingo Trail

4 September 2018

Get your Indiana Jones hat on and get out on The Great Eastern Pingo Trail. It's a gentle 8 miles (12.9km) of tracks and trails exploring the eastern edge of the Brecks.

Norfolk gardens top 10

24 August 2018

Norfolk has a huge collection of gardens, from small higgledy-piggledy cottage gardens to wonderfully relaxing water gardens and magnificent stately home gardens. You can't beat wandering around someone else's garden and enjoying the rewards of all their hard work!

Pensthorpe's Specialist Plant Day

23 August 2018

Gardening enthusiasts can take advantage of the expertise of many of the county’s top nurseries and growers at the Specialist Plant Day at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, on Sunday 9 September 2018. Organised in partnership with the Norfolk Nursery Network (NNN), the event will see 16 Norfolk nurseries selling a range of plants from exotic and rare species to traditional favourites.

Summer wildlife in Norfolk

23 August 2018

The long days of Summer make it a great time to discover Norfolk's wildlife. Here Norfolk Wildlife Trust's David North gives us his Top 10 wildlife spectacles to look out for during the Summer.

RSPB dogs' breakfast at Winterton-on-Sea beach

17 August 2018

Dogs and owners are invited to join the RSPB at Winterton-on-sea beach for their Dogs’ Breakfast drop-in event this Saturday 18 August, 8-11am. The event will highlight how beach users can work together to ‘share our shores: for happy dogs, happy people, happy wildlife'. CBeebies presenter Jess French and her dog Baxter are backing the campaign.

Felbrigg Hall’s plants weathering the heatwave

15 August 2018

While the hot weather is putting strain on many traditional garden plants, the unusual and exotic planting at the National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk is thriving. With an extended period of high temperatures and lack of rainfall in the region, these sun-loving plants are basking in the sunshine to put on a stunning display.

Ben Fogle's Norfolk adventure

6 August 2018

Adventurer Ben Fogle has rowed the Atlantic, climbed Everest and dragged a sledge across Antarctica, but now he's come to Norfolk to try some outdoor activities. Hear him talk about the delights of south Norfolk, Great Yarmouth, the Brecks, King's Lynn and our Royal connections.

Summer Spirit as Cley Calls to art and nature lovers

3 August 2018

A long summer weekend of wildlife and creativity inspired by the unique North Norfolk landscape is coming to Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Cley Marshes Nature Reserve, from Thursday 2nd until Sunday 5th August.

Broads top 5 cycle rides

31 July 2018

Peter Howe, owner of Broadland Cycle Hire, one of the leading cycle hire operators on the Norfolk Broads, gives us his favourite cycle rides.

Emperor strikes back at Sheringham Park

31 July 2018

The rarely seen Purple Emperor butterfly has been spotted at the National Trust’s Sheringham Park for a third year running, suggesting Norfolk now has its first breeding colony.

Wild Summer fun at RSPB Strumpshaw

26 July 2018

Parents looking to keep children busy throughout the summer holidays can rely on RSPB Strumpshaw Fen nature reserve, just twenty minutes outside Norwich, for a truly ‘wild’ day out. Families can leave the gadgets at home this summer, and reconnect with the great outdoors by coming along to their local nature reserve to make magical memories and spend quality time together.

Rare little tern chicks take their first flight

10 July 2018

Little tern-agers on east Norfolk beaches prepare to make their return journey to West Africa.

Brecks birdlife top 12

5 June 2018

Norfolk is probably the best place in the UK to see a huge diversity of birdlife, not least in the Brecks where the remaining areas of precious heath are being positively managed for the benefit of wildlife and the area’s coniferous plantations form an important habitat for a number of species. In no particular order here are 12 species of Breckland birds to keep an eye out for.

Broads birdlife top 12

5 June 2018

Nestled in the flatlands between the North Sea and Norwich, the Norfolk Broads are one of the UK's most important areas for wildlife. The shallow lakes, marshes, fens, reedbeds and damp woodlands of the Broads contain more than 11,000 different types of plants, invertebrates, birds and mammals.

Coast birdlife top 12

5 June 2018

Norfolk is lucky enough to have a long, varied coastline full of wildlife-rich mudflats, estuaries, sand dunes, shingle ridges, beaches and grazing marshes. It’s also home to some of the country’s top birdwatching sites including NWT Cley Marshes, Holme Dunes and RSPB Titchwell.

Woods birdlife top 12

5 June 2018

Away from the big skies of its coast, Norfolk boasts an impressive rural landscape dotted with large areas of deciduous woodland. These include: NWT Foxley Wood, between Norwich and Fakenham, Norfolk’s largest ancient woodland; NWT Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe; NWT Wayland Wood near Watton, the supposed setting for the ‘Babes in the Wood’ legend; and NWT Thursford Wood just outside Fakenham, which contains some of the oldest oak trees in the county.

Spring wildlife in Norfolk

12 April 2018

Spring is the time when Norfolk bounces back to life, and the county's fauna and flora does the same. Here David North of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust gives us the Top 10 natural spectacles to look out for during the Spring months...

Where to see Broads wildlife

9 April 2018

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. But where is the best place to see it? Let us tell you...

Norfolk's Winter Wildlife Safari

2 March 2018

Winter is the best time to see wildlife in Norfolk. At this time of year particularly, Norfolk is the UK's birdwatching capital, but there are other things to see too. Take your pick from migrating swans and geese to otters, seals and red deer.

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