The Brecks is one of the great natural areas of Britain. It is a place of strange beauty and there are hidden stories connected with it that go back to the Stone Age.
Ancient heathland once covered huge areas of the Brecks, created by the axes of prehistoric farmers and the nibbling teeth of sheep and rabbits. ‘Brecks’ were temporary fields cultivated for a few years and then allowed to revert to heath once the soil became exhausted. Through many centuries the heaths and the mysterious, fluctuating Breckland lakes known as meres, became home to a distinctive range of plants and animals and our trip gives us the opportunity to see some of them.
We search the vast woodlands for the elusive Hawfinch, which occur in small numbers at this site. Eurasian Siskin and Lesser Redpoll feed in riverside Alders, whilst Common Crossbill is a regular visitor and Brambling feed on Beech mast.
Other species we will look for include Lesser Spotted Woodpecker as well as Common Kingfisher, Tawny Owl, Grey Wagtail, Great Grey Shrike, Northern Goshawk, Grey Wagtail, Mandarin Duck, Marsh Tit, European Stonechat, European Nuthatch and Eurasian Treecreeper.
£40 per person (does not include entrance fees or parking charges)