Wells is located centrally on the North Norfolk coast. Norfolk has
a good number of coastal managed nature and bird reserves in addition
to some public accessible sites, Including Cley Marshes, Titchwell,
Salthouse, Holme, Holkham fresh marsh and the meals, Wells Woods, Stiffkey
Fen and Blakeney point etc. There are also a number of inland woods,
heaths and reserves well worth a visit at certain times of the year.
One of the premier bird reserves in the country is Cley. Owned by
the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the reserve covers a vast area of reedbeds,
grazing marsh and wader scrapes. Although well known for spring and
autumn rarities, the reserve is well worth a visit at any time of
the year. Situated to the east of Cley village, there is a visitor
centre which offers elevated views across the reserve. Permits must
be obtained from the visitor centre although the East Bank, which
is a public footpath, offers views over Arnolds Marsh and across
Another of Norfolk’s reserves is Titchwell Marsh a most popular
RSPB reserve. From the car park, a path leads past the visitor
centre then reedbeds and shallow lagoons to the beach. Well known
for its breeding Marsh Harriers and Bearded Tits, Titchwell also
attracts its own share of rarities each year. Many species of wildfowl
can be seen during the winter months including large numbers of Brent
and Pink-footed Geese. The lagoons hold large numbers of waders in
the autumn during high tides. Extensive views over the lagoons and
reedbeds can be obtained from the three visitor hides.
The Cobblers is well equipped for birders, be they beginners or
full time twitchers. We have a superb natural history library containing many bird and natural beauty books.
We believe that the North Norfolk coast has a superb variety of
flora and fauna to interest most country enthusiasts.
We reccommend 'Bird Tour' if you require a local expert guide for a day or longer period - see links.