Birding Site: Berney Marshes RSPB


An out of the way wetland site


  • TG465055
  • 52.591353, 1.637890

This is an under-watched site, mainly due to its location. Only accessible on foot from Great Yarmouth along the north bank of Breydon Water, a 4 mile walk each way, by train or on foot from Halvergate. The site is at the southern end of Breydon Water. The best time to look for waders is when there is a high tide on Breydon as all the birds can be pushed up on to the reserve.

During spring and early summer a large population of breeding waders including Lapwing are present. In autumn water bird numbers start to build up from early September, species include Wigeon, Lapwing, Pink-footed Geese, Shoveler, Teal and estuarine waders. Turning to winter, January normally being the peak month of the season when up to 100,000 wintering waders and wildfowl can be present. This is made up of c25,000 Lapwings, c25,000 Wigeon, c15,000 Pink-footed Geese and c30,000 Golden Plovers. There is also the possibility of a vagrant wader, duck or goose.


Target Species

wading birds