Birdwatching Holidays in North Norfolk - Marsh Harrier

Birdwatching Holidays in Norfolk

 

The holiday cottages at Cranmer Country Cottages are ideally located for exploring some of the best birdwatching locations in the UK. With some of the finest nature reserves in the country its unique position on the east coast, Norfolk is one of Britain’s top birdwatching destination - whether you are a seasoned ‘twitcher’ or enthusiastic amateur. The wonderful Pensthorpe reserve in Fakenham (home of Norfolk BBC Springwatch) is a 10 minute drive from Cranmer.

The North Norfolk coast is the home of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Holme dunes which contains a huge variety of species, such as avocets, ringed plovers redshanks, curlews and lapwings. There is also Cley and Salthouse Marshes for black-tailed godwits, ruffs, snow buntings and several thousand brent geese. The wetland nature reserve at Titchwell Marsh attracts all kinds of birds including the marsh harrier. The Wash is one of the country’s most important winter feeding areas for waders and wildfowl. The best place to see these thousands of birds coming into roost is Snettisham nature reserve.

At Cranmer Country Cottages we have an arrangement with a local ornithologist who can arrange tailor made bird and nature watching trips for our guests. Thsee nature watching trips can organised for all levels of experience or age. We are especially fortunate to have Adrian on board as his epic struggle to find rare birds in 2002 (described in his book Arrivals and Rivals: a Birding Oddity) led to the sighting of 381 species in a single year ... more than some birdwatchers have seen in a lifetime! He is also author of the forthcoming book British and Irish Butterflies: the Complete Field, Identification and Site Guide. If you are looking for an elusive bird or butterfly, he will do his best to make sure you go home happy. As taxonomist for the Rothamsted Insect Survey National Light-trap Network for nearly 25 years, he also knows a thing-or-two about moths! On many of the tours a botanist will also be on hand to help with the identification of wild flowers. http://www.enterprise-io.co.uk/about.htm E-mail: info@enterprise-io.co.uk

Bird Watching and Nature Tours at Cranmer Country Cottages

Award winning Cranmer Country cottages provides an ideal peaceful location for bird-watching holidays. Our luxury cottages are part of our home at Cranmer and are set in a rural location close to the north Norfolk coast near Holkham and Wells-Next-the-Sea. We offer our guests luxury accommodation with an indoor swimming pool open all year round and grounds to explore. Our smallest cottage Coot sleeps 2 and is an ideal birdwatchers' bolthole. Alternatively the larger cottages can offer space to accommodate groups in communicating cottages of up to 12. Home Farm provides an opportunity to observe farm birds from the doorstep and the wonderful dunes of Holkham are within cycling distance. Close by are the local Hawk & Owl Trust reserve at Sculthorpe Moor and Pensthorpe, recent home of Springwatch. Further along the coast birders can observe the wading birds at RSPB Snettisham, pink footed geese and avocets at RSPB Titchwell Marsh and the wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders at Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve Cley Marshes.

Birdwatching in Norfolk

Norfolk is known as the birdwatching capital of Britain. There’s plenty to see whatever the time of year – from barn owls to kingfishers, avocets to bearded tits. Norfolk is a birdwatchers’ paradise and a wonderful place for children to begin to learn about their feathered friends. With child-friendly visitor centres and nature reserves, you’ll find all the help and information you need to get started.

 

Birdwatching Locally

Birdwatching holidays in North Notfolk - Barn Owl

Close to Cranmer Country Cottages there are several parks and gardens which have been created to be especially appealing to birds of all kinds. Pensthorpe, near Fakenham is 15 minutes from Cranmer and is a centre for wildfowl set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside. There are miles of peaceful nature trails to explore through ancient fen meadows, woodland and a superb series of lakes. Pensthorpe is home to Europe's finest collection of waterfowl including endangered exotic waterfowl from around the world, and was also the home of BBC Springwatch for 2008 and 2009. Within 5 minutes of Cranmer Country Cottages is Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve - an excellent chance to get close to birds throughout a patchwork of habitats including wet woodland, hazel coppice, reed and sedge beds, open water and wet meadow.

The North Norfolk coast is the home of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Holme dunes which contains a huge variety of species, such as avocets, ringed plovers, redshanks, curlews and lapwings. There is also Cley and Salthouse Marshes for black-tailed godwits, ruffs, snow buntings and several thousand brent geese. The wetland nature reserve at Titchwell Marsh attracts all kinds of birds including the marsh harrier. The wash is one of the country’s most important winter feeding areas for waders and wildfowl. The best place to see these thousands of birds coming into roost is Snettisham nature reserve.

Bird Watching at Cranmer Country Cottages 

Farmland Birds - Bird Watching Holidays in NorfolkAs part of our commitment to green tourism farmland at Cranmer Country Cottages is being managed in a sustainable way with the help of Natural England and the Higher Level Stewardship scheme. The HLS will look to integrate sustainable and environmental farming methods to enhance the wildlife and the landscape of the area, which will be shared by the visitors to Cranmer Country Cottages. This will benefit farmland birds, preserve biodiversity and protect farmland bird species in decline in Britain. Species identified a Cranmer Country Cottages include stone curlew, grey partridge, lapwing, tree sparrow and turtle dove.

 

Birdwatching Tours

At Cranmer Country Cottages we have an arrangement with a local ornithologist who can arrange tailor made bird and nature watching trips for our guests. The nature watching trips can organised for all levels of experience or age. We are especially fortunate to have Adrian on board as his epic struggle to find rare birds in 2002 (described in his book Arrivals and Rivals: a Birding Oddity) led to the sighting of 381 species in a single year ... more than some birdwatchers have seen in a lifetime! He is also author of the forthcoming book British and Irish Butterflies: the Complete Field, Identification and Site Guide. If you are looking for an elusive bird or butterfly, he will do his best to make sure you go home happy. As taxonomist for the Rothamsted Insect Survey National Light-trap Network for nearly 25 years, he also knows a thing-or-two about moths! On many of the tours a botanist will also be on hand to help with the identification of wild flowers.  http://www.enterprise-io.co.uk/about.htm E-mail: info@enterprise-io.co.uk

 

Book a bird watching or nature watching trip during your stay at Cranmer Country Cottages 

www.hawkandowl.org/sculthorpe/about-sculthorpe/

Penthorpe Nature Reserve www.pensthorpe.com 

Norfolk Wildlife Trust www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

 www.birdsofbritain.co.uk

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The little chap was rescued during last year's floods

Guests at Cramer Country Cottages love to visit the seals at Blakeney and Cley but all visitors have an impact on the environment. As part of our Visitor Payback Scheme, we now ask guests if they would like to donate £1 per booking to the seal sanctury at East Winch in Norfolk. We will match fund donations. Just tick the box in the extras section of the booking form.

RSPA East Winch

 

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