Places to see birds

Strumpshaw RSPB Reserve

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Strumpshaw RSPB Reserve
Green woodpecker by Chris Gomersall

Strumpshaw fen - a gem in the Norfolk Broads - is a mixture of reedbeds, fen, wet woodland, two broads beside the River Yare, and a flower-filled meadow. In winter the nearby Buckenham Marshes has the only flock of bean geese in Britain, but summer is the time to visit Strumpshaw. Marsh harrier, bearded tits, reed warblers, water rail, gadwall, pochard, tufted duck and great crested grebe all nest in the fen, and listen out for the explosive call of the Cetti's warbler in the scrub. The marsh has snipe, redshank and yellow wagtail, while all three species of woodpecker can be found in the woodland. The reserve also has a large number of dragonfly and damselfly species.

It is best known for its swallow tail butterflies, with June the best time to see them. Look also for the Chinese Water deer that graze the fens and meadows, and enjoy the splendour of marsh orchids. It is a very special reserve and never disappoints its visitors, whatever their interests are. It is, however, a reserve to take your time and have a thorough look.