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Boating on the Broads | Discover the North Norfolk coastline

Posted by Luci Ackers on 29 February 2016
Related property: Barnham Broom
The North Norfolk coastline Scolt Head - © Copyright David Livingstone and licensed for reuse (http://www.geograph.org.uk) Scolt Head - © Copyright Julian Dowse and licensed for reuse (http://www.geograph.org.uk) Boating on the Broads | Discover the North Norfolk coastline

In Norfolk there's so much to discover there's scarcely time for it all. The Norfolk Broads are a huge visitor draw, and much of the coastline is an AONB or part of the National Park. Undoubtedly one of the best places in Britain for birds; migratory and breeding birds (not to mention birdwatchers) all come flocking. There's a vast array of species to see, especially the brent and pinkfoot geese during winter, migrating waders, merlin and peregrine, and even marsh harriers too.

The coastline is fantastic, but how about venturing beyond the coastal paths to explore off shore...

Branta Cruises, run by boatman and guide Jon Brown, provides an excellent way to view the best bits, to get up close to the birds and wildlife in unspoilt surroundings and learn the history and character of the coastline and its inhabitants from someone who knows them inside out. Jon has lived and worked along the coast for more than 50 years and will ensure an interesting day out.

As many things tide and weather-dependent, the cruise route can vary, but it will always depart from the harbour at Brancaster Staithe and you'll liaise before hand to agree a suitable departure time. With all of the cruises a visit to Scolt Head Island will be a priority.

Scolt Head Island is a large, off-shore stretch of land with a habitat of sand dune and shingle, intertidal sand, saltmarsh and mudflats. It supports a great range of birdlife from important numbers of breeding turns to wintering wildfoul and waders, shelduck, teal and curlew amongst many others. If the weather is right, they'll be there in their masses! There are also plant species of international importance such as sea lavender and sea heath, marram grass and yellow horned poppy. This area is a great one for wildlife and has been a designated nature reserve since 1923. It is now owned by the National Trust and Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Jon makes sure to try and include a stop-off during his cruise.

Have a look at his website here to find out more about it.

Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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