Roydon Common

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Roydon common is a great site for Hobby, Nightjar and Woodlark


The Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve of Roydon Common is the largest remaining heath in West Norfolk.A national nature reserve,it is a mosaic of heathland, valley mire and wooded habitats rich in wildlife, much of it rare. It is an excellent site in winter for roosting raptors, in particular hen harrier.Other rare birds have been recorded in both spring and winter including great grey shrike (right).In spring and summer the reserve is home to woodlark, nightjar and tree pipit and hobby (below photo Artur Mikolajewski)

The lowland mixed valley mire, a complex series of plant communities grading from wet acid
heath through valley mire to calcareous fen, is considered to be one of the best examples in
NWT Roydon Common is east of King’s Lynn. Leave King’s Lynn on the A149 to Fakenham and turn off at the Rising Lodge roundabout. Take the A148 to Fakenham for 300m and turn right towards Roydon. Two car parks are available on the right - 1km along, and 2.7km along.
Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor ) Photo Marek Szczepanek published under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation
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Hobby (falco subbuteo)
Recommended reading:The Birds of NorfolkRecommended reading:The Birds of Norfolk
As a result of its unique position on the east coast, Norfolk is arguably the premier county for birds in Britain. Its diversity of habitats attracts and shelters a wide range of breeding species, and its coastline facing the North Sea ensures a wealth of migrant visitors. Norfolks probably also attracts more visiting birdwatchers than any other county.
This book, the most comprehensive work so far on the county's avifauna, brings the record up to date. It has been written by a team of almost forty experts from within the county, and includes many of the evocative and atmospheric passages from earlier works, as well as presenting all relevant records up to the end of 1998'.... The Birds of Norfolk 552 pp.
This landmark volume was first published in hardback in 1999, and reprinted with revisions in paperback in 2000. This is a hardback reprint of the paperback edition.

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