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The Broads

From the rat race to the water vole race

Stroll through a bluebell wood, wonder at the beauty of a swallowtail butterfly or see marsh harriers soar above the wildlife-rich wetlands of the Norfolk Broads.

The Broads is the UK's largest nationally protected area of wetland. Its rivers, broads (shallow lakes), marshes and fens make it a unique area, rich in rare habitats, which support a myriad of plants and animals. Globally, wetlands are among the most threatened of landscapes. Luckily, the RSPB is protecting huge areas of this habitat in the five nature reserves that you can visit here.

Spoilt for choice!

You could take a leisurely walk along the river at Strumpshaw Fen, getting an opportunity to hear the sound of 'booming' bitterns, see 'skydancing' marsh harriers and, if you’re lucky, have an encounter with our family of otters!

Or, if you're keen on wetland birds, why not stop off at Berney Marshes? This expanse of rich wetland is home to thousands of wintering birds and gives you a chance to see flocks of lapwings, avocets and other incredible species.

If you simply fancy escaping the city for an hour, Rockland Marsh and Surlingham Church Marsh are the perfect places to lose yourself in the chorus of birdsong while enjoying a walk as long or short as you choose.

So if you fancy being inspired by nature, the Broads is the place to visit!

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  • Great White Egret - touchdown
  • Great White Egret
  • Willow Warbler 1
  • Trying to hide
  • Great tit
  • Nuthatch on the tree stump in the wood
  • Osprey @ Strumpshaw Fen
  • White Admiral
  • Admiral Pattern
  • Newsflash from Strumpshaw!
  • Munchkin
  • Bluebell home
  • Grasshopper Warbler
  • Grasshopper Warbler
  • Lapwing
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Gull
  • Muntjac Deer
  • SEO Rockland
  • Otter