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  • Visit one of Britain’s most famous bird-watching sites at Cley, where reedbeds, beaches, marshes and lagoons provide an ideal breeding sanctuary

  • Explore Wild Ken Hill, recent host location for the BBC’s Winterwatch, on a special guided walk, learning about regenerative farming and rewilding practices and their impact on wildlife

  • Enjoy a floodlit swan watch from a heated hide at Welney

“I very much enjoyed this tour; it was well-organised and very well run with a varied programme from a communicative expert who showed us how to look and how to see different waders and sea birds”

– ACE customer on a previous winter wildlife tour in Norfolk led by Kevin Hand

 

 

The wetland reserves of Norfolk are internationally renowned for their unspoilt coastlines and outstanding natural habitats. With its vast skies and shimmering frosts, winter offers one of the very best environments to experience the region’s rich and dynamic wildlife, including rapidly wheeling migratory flocks.

 
Our tour will offer an array of bird-watching opportunities suitable for both beginners and more experienced observers, with local wardens sharing their unparalleled knowledge of the reserves.

 
At Cley, where the salt marshes and sand dunes are of major importance for over-wintering birds, we will follow one of the most celebrated bird-watching routes in Britain. Meanwhile, stately Holkham Park offers us possible sightings of flocks of pink-footed geese, marsh harriers and barn owls.

 
The RSPB reserve at Titchwell enables remarkably close views of geese, waders and gulls; and at the Ouse Washes at Welney, we will take part in a floodlit swan watch from the comfort of a heated hide.

 
At Snettisham on the Wash, Britain’s most vital estuary for wintering birds, we look out for knots, godwits and oystercatchers wading across the mud flats. Close to Snettisham is Wild Ken Hill, a 4000-acre site stretching inland from the sea through coastal scrub, freshwater marshes, heathland and wood pasture to nature-rich farmland. Regenerative farming, rewilding and traditional conservation practices have been employed to help return the land to nature whilst farming sustainably.

 
The host location for several series of the BBC’s Winterwatch, Autumnwatch and Springwatch programmes between 2021 and 2023, Wild Ken Hill is at the forefront of innovative methods to promote biodiversity and address climate change. The site ranges from wetlands to rewilded zones, home to roaming pigs and ponies. We look forward to a special guided walk, offering the opportunity to explore various aspects of the landscape and learn about the work being done.

 
We will also enjoy a visit to Lynn Museum to learn about ‘Seahenge’, a unique timber circle discovered off the North Norfolk coast in 1998, dating back over 4000 years to the Early Bronze Age.

 
This tour is based in Old Hunstanton at the characterful four-star Le Strange Arms Hotel, positioned a stone’s throw from the sea.

 

This tour will be led by conservationist and environmental consultant Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM, a long-standing ACE Tour Director with a special interest in birds, mammals and ecotourism. Kevin has led a team providing access to the British countryside for hard to reach groups, as well as a project on eagles, vultures and other wildlife in Albania. In 2017 he was appointed President of the Cambridge Natural History Society and continues to act as Vice President. He currently also chairs the Newmarket Chalk Streams Trust.

 
Wildlife & Walking in Norfolk is Kevin’s longest-running ACE tour. Kevin says:

“I have been leading this tour for over 25 years, and I always find it exciting and full of interest! The coastal changes are incredible to observe, and the wildlife holds new surprises every year.”

Days
5
Cost
£1295
Tour Code
WILN-25


Included: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, four breakfasts, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.


Not Included: travel insurance, single room supplement £40.

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