Why Norfolk is one of the best places to see nature up close
PUBLISHED: 10:27 21 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:27 21 January 2018
Norfolk and Waveney is perhaps one of the best areas in country for seeing the natural world up close.
As well as an array of different fields and woods, there are several internationally-recognised zoos and nature reserves which thousands of visitors flock to every year.
The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) has two parks in the area - Africa Alive! in Kessingland and Banham Zoo, near Attleborough. There are more than 80 species of animal at each, including giraffes, meerkats, lemurs and flamingos.
The RSPB also has nature reserves at Minsmere and Snettisham, where many different types of bird can be spotted by eagle-eyed watchers.
One of the most stunning sights for nature lovers is a murmuration, where thousands of starlings swoop across the sky in a group - making for a terrific spectacle.
And don’t forget the coast - the large swathes of beaches along the Norfolk and Suffolk coast also make for good animal sightings, with seals often spotted in places like Lowestoft and even reported sightings of whales of the beach at Cromer.