Norfolk Bird Watching with Madeline 2 Grade: Leisurely
This holiday is based on the north-western tip of the North Norfolk coast in the village of Old Hunstanton. The quiet character of Old Hunstanton remains distinct from its busy sibling, with a stunning sandy beach, pine trees, dunes and even the famous striped cliffs past the disused Lighthouse and the ruins of St Edmund’s Chapel within easy reach.
We spend our days walking under the huge skies of the Norfolk Coast – covering parts of the coastal path from Wells-next-the Sea and Holkham to the Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve on the doorstep of Old Hunstanton – and it’s all a bird watcher’s paradise.
In autumn, we have unrivalled opportunities to see many species of resident ducks, waders, seabirds and geese as well as some of the thousands of migrating birds that often stop-over for a rest on their long journeys at this time of year. In particular, we’ll witness the renowned Snettisham whirling wader spectacular when the biggest tides push huge congregations, literally thousands, of migrating knot off the mudflats and into the lagoons of the Snettisham nature reserve. At the reserve, which overlooks The Wash on the west Norfolk coast, we can also expect to see close views of hundreds of dunlin, oystercatcher and curlew as well as several ducks and geese.