Search

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

Red Deer in the fields at Snettisham Park Farm. Picture: Ian Burt

Red Deer in the fields at Snettisham Park Farm. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2018

Norfolk and Waveney is perhaps one of the best areas in country for seeing the natural world up close.

Africa Alive lead qualified keeper Zoe Nunn with at the giraffe enclosure during the parks annual animal count.
Picture: Nick ButcherAfrica Alive lead qualified keeper Zoe Nunn with at the giraffe enclosure during the parks annual animal count. Picture: Nick Butcher

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.

The lovebirds are counted during Africa Alivesannual animal count.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe lovebirds are counted during Africa Alivesannual animal count. Picture: Nick Butcher

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.

Most Read

Latest from the Great Yarmouth Mercury

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists