Sculthorpe visitor centre
Water Rail at Sculthorpe by Julian Bhalerao
Bullfinch at Sculthorpe by Paul Rowe
Water Rail at Sculthorpe by Paul Rowe
Hawk and Owl trust mixed habitat site near Fakenham
This Hawk and Owl trust reserve did hold a small population of Willow Tits but unfortunately they have now gone. The plan here is to slowly replace the wooded areas with more reed bed. With rising sea levels and pressure on the coastal fresh marsh this could become a very important habitat for Bitterns. Marsh Harriers are already breeding in the extensive reed bed viewed from the main hide. Little, Tawny and Barn Owls are around the reserve and make use of the nest boxes provided. Winter can be a good time to see Brambling, Siskin, Redpoll and other finches on the well stocked bird tables with Water Rails often feeding on the mud underneath. Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are sometimes seen coming to the feeder just behind the main visitor centre and on feeders down towards the river platform. The reserve is well serviced with four fantastic hides (a fifth aerial hide is due to open in summer 2015) which should be held up as an example of how to build a hide to other organisations.
Also considered one of the most accessible sites in the UK by Birding for All Association (formerly the Disabled Birders Association).
Open every day of the year, except Christmas Day. www.hawkandowl.org/sculthorpe