The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/documents/ThorpeMarshesWildlifeReport2016.pdf

Places mentioned in the blog

It has occurred to me that some readers may be interested in visiting some of the locations mentioned in the blog entries I write, so I have decided to collate a brief bit of information about some of them here. The places listed will usually be either open access or where access via organised events, but check on the relevant website before visiting. Whilst most of them will have at least some wildlife interest, we do visit some sites of historical interest, so I have included those too.

Cumbria

A few years ago we spent an enjoyable week near Lake Windermere in the Lake District.
Birders visiting the area may find this guide to the area's birds of interest (click on the picture to go the guide, put together by Jenny at Craig Manor Hotel).

http://www.craigmanor.co.uk/a-lake-district-winter-birdwatching-guide/


East Anglia

Bowthorpe Marsh
Area: Norwich
Type of site: An area of river valley with meadows and marshland
Managed by: Norwich Fringe Project
Reason for visiting:Interesting local habitat for Norwich-based birders, chance of Ring Ouzel in spring and Great White Egret in winter.
Nearby areas of interest: Norwich city centre, Earlham Marsh (adjoins Bowthorpe Marsh), Bawburgh Lakes (AKA Colney GPs - note that these are permit access only), UEA Broad.

Burgh Castle
Area: South-east Norfolk (Watsonian East Suffolk)
Type of site: Ruined Roman Fort
Managed by: Norfolk Archaelogical Trust
Reason for visiting: Good-condition ruins, views over marsh and estuary habitats
Nearby areas of interest: Burgh Castle church, Breydon Water south shore for wading birds.

Cley Marshes
Area: North Norfolk

Type of site: Coastal reedbed and grazing marsh
Managed by: Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Reason for visiting: Nationally famous nature reserve with all-round interest and a long history of attracting rare birds.
Nearby areas of interest:Holt Country Park, Blakeney Point, Blakeney Freshmarsh, Stiffkey Fen, Sheringham seafront, Kelling Water Meadows, Muckleburgh Hill, Weybourne Camp.

Devil's Dyke
Area: East Cambridgeshire
Type of site: A long earthwork with chalk grassland features
Managed by: Historic England
Reason for visiting: Historic interest. The main species of interest are Chalkhill Blue butterflies and Lizard Orchids.
Nearby areas of interest: If you like horse racing then this area will really suit you.

Earlham Cemetery
Area: Norwich
Type of site: Large cemetery with areas of old grassland
Managed by: Norwich City Council
Reason for visiting: Best area of green space within the outer ring road. Good for a range of plants and insects (much more detail on the Friends of Earlham Cemetery website).
Nearby areas of interest: Norwich city centre, Sweetbriar Marsh

Framlingham Castle
Area: Suffolk
Type of site: Remains of a Tudor castle
Managed by: English Heritage
Reason for visiting:Historical
Nearby areas of interest: Framlingham Church

Heigham Holmes
Area: East Norfolk

Type of site: A mixture of grassland, grazing marsh and dykes
Managed by: National Trust
Reason for visiting: Only open for events or an annual open day in August. Hosts typical broadland wildlife.
Nearby areas of interest: Hickling Broad, Horsey Mere, Winterton Dunes, Horsey Dunes.

Holt Country Park
Area: North Norfolk
Type of site: Woodland
Managed by: North Norfolk District Council
Reason for visiting: Holds Norfolk's biggest colony of Silver-washed Fritillaries (including the form valezina), plus White Admiral and many other butterflies.
Nearby areas of interest: The adjacent Holt Lowes is an area of heathland and mixed mire that holds species like Nightjar, Woodlark, Keeled Skimmer, Bog Bush-cricket.

Ormesby Little Broad
Area: East Norfolk
Type of site: A vegetated path and viewpoint over a broad
Managed by: Norfolk Wildlife Trust/Broads Authority/Essex & Suffolk Water
Reason for visiting: Broadland wildlife, overwintering ducks. In the past few years there have been sightings of Lesser Emperor dragonflies in spring.
Nearby areas of interest: Filby Broad, Rollesby Broad

Pigney's Wood
Area: North-east Norfolk
Type of site: Community woodland, meadows and a small reedbed
Managed by: North Norfolk Community Woodland Trust
Reason for visiting:Small area of old woodland with Bluebells, wet woodland, hedgerow and meadow flora and fauna
Nearby areas of interest: Walcott seafront, North Walsham, Bradfield farm nature reserve, Southrepps Common.

Plantation Garden
Area: Norwich
Type of site: Urban Victorian Garden
Managed by: Plantation Garden Preservation Trust
Reason for visiting: Unusual mixture of Victorian and Gothic architecture, good for hoverflies.
Nearby areas of interest: Earlham Cemetery, Norwich city centre

Sheringham Park
Area: North Norfolk
Type of site: Woodland and parkland
Managed by: National Trust
Reason for visiting: Known for the display of flowering Rhododendrons. There is a gazebo that allows good views over the whole area and the possibility of seeing Purple Hairstreak butterflies amongst the canopy.
Nearby areas of interest: Beeston Bump, Beeston Common, Kelling Heath

Somerleyton Hall
Area: North Suffolk
Type of site: Hall and gardens
Managed by: Somerleyton family
Reason for visiting: Historic hall and formal gardens
Nearby areas of interest:Fritton Lake, Haddiscoe Marshes, Lowestoft


Wells Alpaca Trekking
Area: North Norfolk
Activity: Walking Alpacas!
Nearby areas of interest: Wells harbour, beach & Woods, Holkham, Warham Camp

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