Cley nature reserve

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Cley NWT reserve North Norfolk (click picture for Google hybrid map)
Cley Marsh NWT Reserve

Cley Marsh NWT Reserve

Cley Marshes, perched on the north Norfolk coast, has a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s premier bird watching sites and there’s always something to see, whatever time of year you visit. The pools and scrapes, all within easy view of the hides, are flush with unusual and interesting birds throughout the year, and both experienced and new birders will find much to enthral them here. Meandering along the boardwalks and glimpsing the birdlife through the reeds is pure pleasure.
Bittern, avocet, marsh harrier, spoonbill, bearded tit, large numbers of wildfowl including wigeon, teal, pintail and brent goose. Migrating waders such as ruff and Temminck’s stint. Unusual vagrant birds, blown off course by strong winds, are regularly seen here.
There is an excellent new visitor centre (left) with toilets, snacks, viewing area with seating, remote camera and audio-visual presentations.The famous 'Pats pool' , 'North Scrape' and other areas lie opposite the new centre (be careful when crossing the Main A149).From here there is an excellent boardwalk allowing wheelchair access to the 'Avocet' , 'Dawkes', and 'Teal' Hides. Visiting is by permit available from the visitor centre, although excellent views can be obtained from the famous West or East banks that both lead to the shingle ridge that connects them and shelters Cley from the North Sea. Parking is also available at Arkwright's cafe and this is also a good sea-watching site in favourable conditions. Blakeney point can be reached on foot at this point.
Open: Nature reserve - daily. Visitor centre - late March to early October 10am to 5pm, early November to early December 10am to 4pm.
Location: Half a mile east of Cley-next-the-Sea on the A149 coast road. Buses stop outside nature reserve. Map ref TG 054 441.
Cost: Admission charge. Children and NWT members free
Wheelchairs: access to visitor centre, toilets, boardwalk and hides
Contact: 01263 740008
Probably Britain's most famous nature reserve with a list of rarities that is legendary. Click here for further details and other Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserves

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A bird-list that includes so many rarities that there isn't the space for them here, but here's a few ;-
Black-browed Albatross, Fea's soft-plumaged petrel, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black stork, Glossy Ibis, American marsh hawk, Black-winged pratincole, Greater sand plover, Sociable plover, Red-necked stint, Broad-billed sandpiper, Solitary sandpiper, Slender-billed gull, Great-spotted cuckoo, Pacific swift, Thrush nightingale, Aquatic warbler, Red-headed bunting.
Regular breeding Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Bittern, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler (small pond below walsey hills). Click here for a location map....
Further contacts;-Cley Bird Club. Peter Gooden, 45 Charles Rd, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6DA 01263 712368.
Cley Audio trail Mp3 Introduction

Cley Audio trail Mp3 Introduction

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The birds of Cley Mp3

The birds of Cley Mp3

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Visiting Cley and North Norfolk ?

Where to watch Birds in East AngliaWhere to watch Birds in East Anglia
East Anglia is one of the best birding regions in England. With its extensive areas of nationally scarce habitat such as the fens, reedbeds, undisturbed beaches and Breckland heath, it can be the only place to see several of England's most exciting birds. This is a guide to where to go in East Anglia to see many different species. It contains site accounts, plans, maps, lists of birds in the region and advice on planning birdwatching trips. This fourth edition is revised and updated.
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Recommended reading: The Best Birdwatching Sites In Norfolk
When Neil Glenn's original guide to top birding areas in Norfolk was launched in 2003, it created a sensation.Here for the first time was the key information a birdwatcher needed, presented in an enthusiastic and reader friendly way. After this ground-breaking sell-out success, here is the Second edition.Every site from the first book has been revisited, so the information is bang up to date and ten completely new sites have been added.

Covering 83 of the best birdwatching sites in Norfolk from the famous to the less well known. Detailed maps of all reserves. Paperback 256pp.

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Recommended reading: The Best Birdwatching Sites In Norfolk

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