The Whitlingham Bird Report 2017 can be viewed or downloaded here. For previous years (2012-2016) see the links on the Whitlingham Bird List page.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2017, which is available

NORTH NORFOLK: Cley Marshes appeal

If you are a member of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust or read the local press, you will no doubt be aware that the NWT have launched an appeal to buy the marshes to the east of the reserve. This land has been up for sale for a while, although the asking price was apparently higher per hectare even than high-grade farmland.  It is currently being used for wildfowling, i.e. the shooting of birds, which is an added incentive to protect the area. Cley is an iconic area for birders, I first visited as a seven-year old on my first proper birding day out, and have had many memorable days there since.  I know charities send out appeals all the time, but if you have fond memories of the North Norfolk coast then please consider donating money to increase the size of the reserve.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Appeal

Cley windmill


  1. Great blog post, I totally agree we need to protect Cley!

  2. Thanks, its nothing eloquent, but the more publicity the better. I suspect there are a lot of birders not from Norfolk that have seen lifers at Cley and may consider chipping in!