The county of Norfolk has some of the most diverse habitats in the UK. With coastal sand dunes and lagoons, coniferous and deciduous woodlands, freshmarsh, saltmarsh and heaths, these in turn attract many residents and migrant species which make a superb destination for a short autumn break.
On previous tours we have seen Little Bunting, Little Auk, Booted Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Rough-legged Buzzard, Pallid Swift, Rose-coloured Starling, Grey Phalarope, Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll and Barred Warbler amongst others.
Tour Leader: Steve Grimwade
Maximum Group Size: 7
Days 1 – 4
Our weekend itinerary will be kept quite flexible due to weather conditions and local information. During our tour we will visit sites such as Holkham National nature reserve, where the Pine woodland is especially good for migrants including Common Firecrest, Goldcrest, Eurasian Siskin or something rarer such as Little Bunting, Radde’s, Dusky Warblers or Pallas’s Leaf Warblers.
If conditions are conducive we can expect to see flocks of thrushes arriving on the coast that include Redwing, Fieldfare, Common Blackbird, Song Thrush and perhaps a Ring Ouzel or two!
The grazing marsh around Lady Anne’s Drive holds good numbers of Pink-footed Geese and has become a regular site to see Grey Partridge. The many wetland pools are home to Great Egrets, Eurasian Spoonbills and Western Cattle Egrets whilst raptors may include Western Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin or maybe Rough-legged Buzzard.
The RSPB reserve at Titchwell needs no introduction and in autumn holds good numbers of waders and wildfowl that are returning to Britain from their more northerly and easterly breeding grounds such as Red Knot, Sanderling, Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Bar-tailed Godwit plus much more. Offshore a late Sandwich Tern may pass through, along with Long-tailed, Great, Arctic or Pomarine Skuas if the winds are favourable.
Other migrant hotspots include Holme, Stiffkey, Cley-next-the-Sea, Blakeney, Thornham and Walsey Hills and depending on local news we are sure to visit some of these great sites.
Our accommodation is based in Old Hunstanton making us ideally situated for all the birding sites that Norfolk has to offer.
Overnight: Old Hunstanton
Full board accommodation
All ground transport
Full guiding throughout
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Relaxed, one to two miles walking per day
Expect around 120 species
Tour Price: £690
Single Supplement: £90