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RSPB launches new water-based wildlife safaris in The Broads

Last modified: 04 July 2017

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Get closer to the wildlife of The Broads by getting into an RSPB kayak

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The RSPB is offering people the chance to see the wildlife of The Broads National Park in a whole new way with a series of guided kayak tours on the River Yare and adjoining broads around RSPB Strumpshaw Fen nature reserve, near Norwich.

Starting with a walk through the reserve’s woodland and wetland habitats, the kayak tours combine wildlife watching with a water-based workout as you paddle along the river that feeds Norfolk’s famous reedbeds, and then duck off into the hidden reedy jungle of Surlingham and Rockland Broads.

Wildlife you’re likely to encounter on the way includes such evocatively named dragonflies as the ‘Norfolk hawker’ and ‘scarce chaser’, damselflies, and of course many birds that live on and near the water, like the great-crested grebe, reed warbler, and marsh harrier.

Martin Rendle, RSPB Active in Nature Development Officer in The Broads, said: “From first setting foot on the reserve, walking down to the launch point and all the way through the winding watery tour, you’ll not only be amazed by the variety of wildlife you’ll see, but also by just how exhilarating it feels to get out onto the water and see from a new perspective.

“Getting into a kayak opens up parts of The Broads that others can’t get to, even by boat, and brings an abundance of wildlife closer than you’ve experienced it anywhere else!”

Kayak tour details

The RSPB has 18 kayak tours taking place at Strumpshaw Fen this summer, on nine dates in July, August and September.

Dates (two tours per date, morning and afternoon):

16, 25 and 29 July

5, 12 and 18 August

2, 23 and 30 September

Cost: Adult £35 (£29 for RSPB members), Under 18 £25 (£19 for RSPB members)

Minimum age: 10 years

Tours last approximately 2.5 hours (time on the water) and are led by qualified and experienced British Canoeing river guides. Kayaks are tandem two-person kayaks of a very stable design, perfect for beginners.

Booking is essential and places are limited to 8 per tour. To find out more see our events on, email, or phone 01603 715191.

Active in Nature is a 2 year funded project in partnership with Sport England inspiring people to get active outside at two RSPB nature reserves; Rainham Marshes and Strumpshaw Fen. This project gives people a wonderful opportunity to get closer to nature in a new and exciting way on our reserve and fosters a healthy lifestyle for all ages and abilities.

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