Saturday 1st June 2019NORFOLK BROADS & NIGHTJAR EVENING
A trip with a difference! We will spend the whole day in the Norfolk Broads area with the added bonus of seeing Nightjars on the Suffolk heaths in the evening.
The Norfolk Broads are a perfect destination to spend the day looking at the enormous variety of wildlife they have to offer.
We start the day at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve where the ditches and streams are home to the Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly as well as Variable Damselfly, which are specialities of East Anglia. Other dragonflies and damselflies may include Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser and Large Red Damselfly.
As the morning warms up, we search for the fantastic Swallowtail Butterfly that can be seen taking nectar at various places around the reserve. This graceful butterfly is often seen gliding over the reedbed in search of Milk Parsley to lay its eggs on.
As you would expect for an RSPB reserve, there are many different birds to see including Great Bittern, Western Marsh Harrier, Common Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler, Eurasian Hobby, European Reed, Sedge and Grasshopper Warblers and Bearded Reedling.
During the afternoon we will move location to a site where we can seek out various orchids including the delicate Fen Orchid plus Southern Marsh, Pugsley’s Marsh Orchid and many other scarce broadland plants.
After a good day’s birding we will head off for a fish and chip meal before visiting an area of heathland for the last few hours of daylight. As light falls, we will explore the woodland rides and heath for Eurasian Woodcock, Dartford Warbler, Common Redstart and Woodlark before we see the star of show – the European Nightjar!
Good numbers of this fine migrant are present on the heath. Apart from the birds, it is a good place to see Glow Worms on the pathways.
(does not include reserve admission charges or fish and chip meal)