The wonderful wildlife at the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads is known for its fantastic scenery, but underneath the surface of that scenery is a landscape teaming with fantastic wildlife. From beautiful birds to tiny insects, there’s a world waiting to be found if you know when and where to look. 

Norfolk Broads - South Walsham Broad
South Walsham Broad, Norfolk by mira66 licensed under Creative Commons 4.0

From water to land

The large and varied nature of The Broads means you have access to land and water wildlife, and you can choose to view it in a way that suits you best. Take the water, for example, which is available in both river and ocean format! You can see the Bittern, which is known for its booming mating call which can be heard almost two kilometres away! 

One of the best ways to take in the amazing reedbed biodiversity is on the water itself. You can take a ride on one of the popular pleasure boats, or hire a kayak or sailboat. You might even see a crane overhead, or an otter swimming close by!

When it comes to the land, you’ll find it to be one of the best locations for bird-spotting in the country. There are viewing platforms located all over, with one of the best times to spot birds being sunset. If you’re a little more adventurous you can head through one of many nature reserves and see what you are able to spot on your travels. 

A huge variety of species

There is a fantastically diverse range of species waiting to be seen on a Norfolk holiday, some of which are even endangered, like the Water Vole, which is under threat, or the Cuckoo, which is one of the most endangered birds in the United Kingdom. 

Fortunately, there isn’t an “off-season” in The Broads, and you’ll be treated to a wide array of wildlife no matter what time of year you visit. In Autumn, you’ll be able to see seal pups being nursed right on the beach, and rare warblers taking to the skies. If you’re a snake fan, you’ll want to head over in Spring, as Adders come out of hibernation. Being Britain’s only poisonous snake you’ll want to watch from a distance though!

There are lots more wild animals to see at The Broads, why not get in touch to book your stay now?