Coach Trip to Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve and Sandringham Country Park

The group spent a delightful day in Norfolk visiting two inland sites. We welcomed 33 people onto the coach including six people who were new to our Group.

Morning:

We visited Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, run by the Hawk and Owl Trust. Most of the reserve is wet woodland and it was, indeed, very wet woodland but the well-kept boardwalks kept our feet dry. Light rain showers didn’t seem to bother the wildlife and we kept fairly dry by using the many large hides. Woodland birds on show included Marsh Tit, Bullfinch and Brambling. Chiffchaff had begun singing so it must be Spring!

The pasture and wetland contained Great Egret, Little Egret, Teal and Oystercatcher amongst others.

An excellent reserve where much effort has been put in to make all of it accessible with boardwalks, many hides and seats.

Afternoon:

The rain cleared to give a beautiful afternoon for our first visit to Sandringham Country Park. The mixed woodland gave us good views of Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Jay. Great Spotted Woodpecker were drumming – another sign of Spring.

The raised viewpoint gave us unexpected, though distant, views of The Wash with a Marsh Harrier passing through.

View from Sandringham (Image: Jane Havercroft)

On this trip, there wasn’t a star bird but we saw a good number of species, especially woodland birds, giving a total of 65 species seen plus two heard only.