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Outdoors and wildlife in Norfolk

Discover dark sky magic on guided Broads night walks

20 September 2021

Two guided Dark Skies walks with wildlife enthusiast and nocturnal explorer, Jon Tyler, offer a rare opportunity to visit How Hill Nature Reserve at night-time, with only the owls and nocturnal animals to accompany you.

Norfolk gardens top 10

8 September 2021

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! Actually, our gardens are so good we couldn't help adding an eleventh and a twelfth, and a maze...

Free wild days out in Norfolk

26 August 2021

Norfolk has fantastic visitor attractions and entertainment, but it’s also a great place to discover the great outdoors. We’ve come up with our favourite free Wild Days Out and what to see, including Thetford Forest, Blakeney Point, Hickling Broad, West Runton, Horsey and Holkham. Plus a spot of wild swimming...

Norfolk's Natural Health Service - our top 10 free fresh air fixes

25 August 2021

We’ve spent too much time on our quarantine couches recently so it’s great to be out and about getting our fresh air fix, because we know it’s good for our health and well-being. With over 2000 square miles of gently undulating countryside and stunning coast, we’ve got great places to relax and unwind in the great outdoors – you’ll soon find yourself on the trail less travelled. Here’s our top ten free picks. We believe Norfolk’s Natural Health Service should be available on prescription!

Top 10 places to canoe in the Broads

19 August 2021

What better way to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Broads than by canoe. Here are ten places to begin your adventure, including Wroxham, Salhouse, Potter Heigham, Burgh St Peter, Geldeston and more.

Enjoy the Broads with your four-legged friends

27 May 2021

Norfolk-based The Barking Bugle give us an insight into how to enjoy the Broads National Park with your four-legged friends.

Seven Natural Wonders of Norfolk

25 January 2021

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.

Winter wildlife in Norfolk

12 January 2021

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...

Walk amongst the snowdrops at Pensthorpe Natural Park this New Year

23 December 2020

There are many delights the winter season brings us; frosty mornings, starling murmurations and romantic low light, provided by the sun. One of the most enchanting spectacles of nature, at this time of year, is the blanket of snowdrops that dress the Wave & Wave Line Garden at Pensthorpe Natural Park.

Norfolk's Winter Wildlife Safari

4 November 2020

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.

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

2 November 2020

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…

Welly walks in Norfolk

29 October 2020

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…

Head outdoors in Norfolk

26 October 2020

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.

Autumn wildlife in Norfolk

29 September 2020

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.

WWT Welney is 'Good To Go'

26 July 2020

At WWT Welney Wetland Centre the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers is a priority so they delighted to say that they have been accredited with the “We’re Good to Go” stamp of approval.

On The Great Pingo Trail

20 May 2020

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.

Broads top 5 cycle rides

17 May 2020

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

It's not just a baby boom in lockdown zoo - it's also a chance to name an armadillo

4 May 2020

Even with Banham Zoo being closed, this has not stopped nature taking its course with a fantastic number of new births and hatchings in recent weeks. New arrivals include a milky eagle owl chick, a pygmy marmoset, three pygmy goats, two African spoonbills, and four sun conures, which are listed as endangered in the wild.

New ‘wild’ home learning hub helps parents in East Anglia be fun science teachers

27 April 2020

Wildlife charity WWT, which runs Welney Wetland Centre in Norfolk, launches its new online ‘wild’ home learning hub to help hard pressed parents teach their primary school aged children key parts of the science curriculum.

Spring wildlife in Norfolk

12 March 2020

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...

Pensthorpe - a natural choice for an adventure-fuelled Easter day out!

21 February 2020

Easter explorers can enjoy seasonal crafts and a brand NEW treasure hunt trail at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, over the Easter Holidays from Thursday 2 to Sunday 19 April 2020. The new Easter trail encourages adventurers to follow clues all around the reserve in order to solve an anagram made from letters collected along the way. Figure out the anagram and there’ll be a chocolate egg for each intrepid explorer!

Top dog-friendly parks and woods

27 January 2020

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.

Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair Returns for 2020

20 January 2020

A nature and wildlife event which celebrates Norfolk as ‘the birdwatching capital of Britain’ is returning to the county on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2020. The Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair was first held in 2019, attracting over 2,000 bird watchers and nature lovers from all over the country. The event, sponsored by local optics business Cley Spy, in Glandford, and London Camera Exchange, in Norwich, will return to north Norfolk and feature new product launches, expert speakers, guided walks and demonstrations.

Record-breaking visitor numbers for East Anglia’s top rated Zoos

3 January 2020

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) are delighted that its award winning visitor attractions, Africa Alive! in Suffolk and Banham Zoo in Norfolk have smashed their all-time visitor records breaking all previous best years since the zoos first opened over 50 years ago.

Go Jauntly walking app launch 24 free interactive routes across Marriott’s Way

29 November 2019

A route that’s rich in history and heritage, and the home of an abundance of local wildlife, Marriott's Way is one of our favourite local walking trails. Running from Norwich to Aylsham, the 26 mile route has been digitised this month by London based walking app Go Jauntly. Available to download for free on iPhone and Android, the self-guided app features show keen walkers the way via easy-to-follow images.

Hickling Broad and Marshes National Nature Reserve open for long Winter weekends

22 November 2019

The refurbished visitor centre at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Hickling Broad and Marshes National Nature Reserve will be open for long weekends – Friday to Sunday – all through the winter for the first time, to celebrate one of Norfolk’s winter wildlife spectaculars.

Be Enchanted by Christmas at Pensthorpe Natural Park

21 November 2019

Brave winter’s icy chill and enjoy a heart-warming encounter with the natural winter wonderland of Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, which hosts a programme of special Christmas-themed events for all the family.

The Norfolk Broads – a magical place to visit

4 November 2019

Author David Cleveland has written a new book, A Look Back At The Broads, a history of the Broads from 1834 to 2018. Here he tells us why it is such a magical place...

It's a first for Banham Zoo - a baby boy armadillo

17 October 2019

Keepers at Banham Zoo are overjoyed with the birth of a large hairy armadillo - the first ever to be born at the zoo. The cute male pup was born in August to first-time parents Melanie and Pedro. Their keepers have confirmed that they are showing excellent parenting skills and have allowed them to keep a check on the pup’s development. Keepers have already been able to capture some remarkable footage of the baby.

Winter swans begin their migrations to Norfolk

17 October 2019

As the first flakes of snow fall in Arctic Russia, migration has begun for the Bewick’s swans, but how many of them will make the journey all the way to the UK? Whilst the birds move south through Russia they are at the very start of a 2,500 mile journey which will take them weeks, if not months to complete.

Banham Zoo hosts world premiere of The Snowman and The Snowdog BrickLive Tour

4 October 2019

The Snowman and The Snowdog fans will be able to meet their favourite characters this Christmas as Banham Zoo hosts a magical new tour, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog brick trail, presented and built by BRICKLIVE. The Snowman and The Snowdog brick trail is inspired by the much-loved animated film The Snowman and The Snowdog, the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic picture book The Snowman, which was first published in 1978.

First flamingo chick is hatched at Pensthorpe Natural Park bringing flock number to 50

1 October 2019

Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, is celebrating the arrival of its first flamingo chick - the first in 15 years since the arrival of their first Greater Flamingo. The chick, hatched on Sunday 22 September 2019, is being looked after and being fed crop milk by its parents, both aged 14. The chick is currently the size of its dad’s foot and the Pensthorpe team will be keeping a close eye on the new arrival.

Four red squirrel kittens born at Pensthorpe give hope to threatened species

30 September 2019

The red squirrel is the UK's only native squirrel species and was once a common sight in our woodlands, but for decades has been in decline. The population in England is thought to be as low as 15,000. That’s why Pensthorpe Natural Park is celebrating the arrival of four red squirrel kittens, injecting fresh hope into saving the species from extinction.

Fangtastic Family Fun at Trick or Tweet at Pensthorpe this Half Term

19 September 2019

As the witching hour approaches, join Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, for a spooktacular Half Term event running between 19 October and 3 November 2019. Trick or Tweet will allow families to discover the grim and gruesome side of nature and celebrate the magic of autumn outdoors.

Step out to discover Coastal Treasures with Norfolk’s Walking & Cycling Festival 2019

17 September 2019

The fifth annual Norfolk Walking & Cycling Festival is taking place this October. This year the festival is being hosted by the Coastal Treasures project which aims to promote sustainable tourism and open-up new ways to explore the rich heritage of West Norfolk.

Pensthorpe Natural Park tickled pink at arrival of first flamingo eggs

11 September 2019

Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, is tickled pink at the arrival of the first flamingo eggs at Pensthorpe – the first in 15 years since it has had Greater Flamingo.

International blacksmith Jenny Pickford hosts sculpture exhibition at Pensthorpe

5 September 2019

One of the UK’s leading contemporary blacksmith artists, who has exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and created pieces for Wimbledon, Westfield London and as far away as China and Australia, brings 17 of her glass and steel nature inspired sculptures to Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham.

Accessibility Weekend at Banham Zoo - September 14, 15

30 August 2019

Banham Zoo is delighted to announce its first Accessibility Weekend, being held at the zoo on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September. The whole weekend will be offering extra on-site facilities and activities enabling guests who would otherwise be unable to visit to enjoy a day out at the zoo with additional assistance provided.

After-dark discovery of nature’s nightlife at NEW Pensthorpe event

28 August 2019

Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, has announced another after-dark Creatures of the Night event after the first date for the new event sold out. With limited spaces of 25 people, the extra date now on sale is on Wednesday 4 September 2019.

Norfolk wildlife quiz - how many can you identify?

14 August 2019

After a survey reveals that only a fifth of schoolchildren know what a bumblebee is, we give you a Norfolk Wildlife Quiz. Here's a selection of animals, insects, flowers and birds you might see when you visit Norfolk. How many of our 21 do you know?

Otter Joy! Banham Zoo welcomes Otter Twins

1 August 2019

Keepers at Banham Zoo are ‘otterly' delighted with the birth of two adorable Asian small-clawed otter cubs. The pair, have recently been spotted by our visitors happily playing in their habitat with their year-old sibling, Makati, mother Tilly and father Sam, and are expected to enthral visitors this summer with their playful antics.

Join Nature’s WILD Tribe at Pensthorpe - den building, barefoot trail, get messy in the mud kitchen

29 July 2019

Join Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, for the ultimate summer family adventure at Nature’s WILD Tribe and deepen your understanding of the natural world by hunting, tracking and following nature around the reserve until September 2019.

Make the most of the coast in National Marine Week with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

29 July 2019

Dip your toes in to the wild world of marine wildlife with Norfolk Wildlife Trust during National Marine Week, 27 July to 11 August.

Join Nature’s WILD Tribe at Pensthorpe this Summer

12 July 2019

Join Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, for the ultimate summer family adventure at Nature’s WILD Tribe and deepen your understanding of the natural world by hunting, tracking and following nature around the reserve between 25 July and 3 September 2019. Den building, a barefoot trail and get messy in the NEW mud kitchen!

Summer wildlife in Norfolk

19 June 2019

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.

Wade along to Flamingo Fiesta at Pensthorpe

7 June 2019

Love flamingos? Join Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, at its new family Flamingo Fiesta event on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2019 to meet its resident flock of 49 flamingos and enjoy a weekend of flamingo-inspired activities celebrating the world’s most flamboyant wading birds.

HSBC UK | National Road Championships to be staged in Norfolk

23 May 2019

The 2019 HSBC UK | National Road Championships have been awarded to Norfolk. The championships will take place between June 27 and 30, while amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride the same course as the professionals in a 100-mile sportive, creating a true celebration of cycling at all levels as part of the new, Great British Cycling Festival.

Where to see coastal wildlife

21 May 2019

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

Brecks birdlife top 12

14 May 2019

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.

Discover walks fit for a Queen with brand new routes through the heart of Royal west Norfolk

14 May 2019

Explore more than 100 miles of stunning Norfolk countryside with a free book of walks around north-west Norfolk. Each of the 16 routes, set in and around the Sandringham estate and along the coast, is specifically designed to help people explore the wealth of cultural heritage, history and natural beauty across north-west Norfolk.

Discover the tweets, cheeps and honks of spring at Pensthorpe

13 May 2019

Join Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, at its Spring Calling event between 25 May and 2 June 2019 and learn to identify some of the most popular bird calls. While over 400 birds have been identified in Britain, this is a chance to learn some of the best-loved bird songs that you can hear in your own gardens with a special ‘songs of spring’ self-guided trail around the woodlands and wetlands of the reserve during May Half Term.

Ben Fogle's Norfolk adventure

4 May 2019

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.

Spring Baby Boom at Banham Zoo

2 May 2019

Spring is in the air, and Banham Zoo’s keepers have welcomed an abundance of adorable baby animals born at the zoo in recent weeks! Including the hatching of a Rüppell’s griffon vulture chick, a species which is critically endangered in the wild.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust funding to protect rare birds

30 April 2019

Ringed plovers, little terns and oystercatchers are three of the important species to be better protected at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s coastal National Nature Reserve as a new summer warden post is made possible thanks to generous funding.

Bill Oddie OBE added to Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair line-up and speaker schedule is announced

18 April 2019

Pensthorpe Natural Park has added one of Britain’s best-known birders, Bill Oddie OBE, to its programme of guest speakers at the Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019 and announced an exciting programme of talks at the two-day event.

TV Naturalists Simon King and Mike Dilger to appear at Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair

26 March 2019

Nature and wildlife experts Simon King OBE and Mike Dilger have been confirmed for guest appearances at the new Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair, held at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019.

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

4 March 2019

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.

HSBC UK | National Road Championships Norfolk routes revealed

25 February 2019

British Cycling has revealed the routes that the country’s best riders will take as they bid for national titles at the HSBC UK | National Road Championships this summer. Norfolk will play host to the championships as part of the wider Great British Cycling Festival – a weekend-long celebration of cycling at all levels which will see families and amateur cyclists able to get involved in a series of rides and activities.

Pensthorpe launch new events for nature lovers

21 February 2019

Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, has announced a new programme of special expert-led events aimed at nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. From guided garden walks to night-time bat and moth tours and even opportunities to hear the majestic dawn chorus as the sun rises over the reserve, the events are accessible to both novices and the experienced alike.

Floodlit Bird Feed at Pensthorpe Natural Park

1 January 2019

Nature lovers looking for an alluring winter experience will love the daily Floodlit Bird Feed at Pensthorpe Natural Park. Visitors take their seats within the warmth of the viewing gallery while Pensthorpe’s resident experts share their knowledge about the hundreds of birds which flock to Mill Pond for the occasion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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