In 2001 just 25 seal pups were born on Blakeney Point, now it has the largest grey seal colony in England, with over 2000 born each winter. The best way to see them is by boat, with regular trips leaving from Morston Quay. The first pups tend to arrive in November, with the last being born in January.
The Blackwater Estuary is home to a wide range of wildlife. It can be seen as a barren landscape, but look a little closer and you’ll see it’s teeming with life. The most visible presence during the winter months are the thousands of overwintering birds, like Brent geese.
The arrival of winter is heralded by flocks of colourful finches. Look out for goldfinch, chaffinch and brambling in particular. In amongst them you'll spot nuthatch, great spotted and green woodpeckers - all of which are very vocal and visible at this time of year.
The Horsey Estate can be found on the eastern edge of the Broads and in winter it comes into it's own. The Mere is a safe refuge supporting some of the largest populations of wild migratory water birds. Thousands of geese and ducks and their daily flight into roost as the sun sets is a real treat.
Hen Harriers are our nation’s rarest bird of prey and winter is the best time of year to catch a glimpse of them coming into Sedge Fen at dusk. Look out too for short-eared owls and other winter wildfowl. Why not visit one of our hides on the reserve and see what makes an appearance?
The Norfolk coast is teeming with birds that have migrated to Britain's "warmer" climate from further north and east at this time of year. The twice daily flights of the pink-footed geese are an iconic Norfolk winter spectacle.
Autumn’s a great time of year to go wildlife spotting. As our conservation work of their habitats continues and the season advances, you’ll see vibrant colours interspersed with the signs of nature all around you.