Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intermediate with up to 5 miles walking per day

Group Size:

Eight plus leader

Spotted Redshank Bearded Tit Icterine Warbler Little Stint Wood Sandpiper Ruff

Norfolk - Shorebird Spectacular

Date: 26th - 29th July (FIVE SPACES - Guaranteed Departure) & 23rd - 26th August 2021 (SPACES)
Leaders: Ashley Saunders or Jason Moss



Check into your accommodation late afternoon and meet your guide at 1800 for pre-dinner drinks and a chat about the plan for the days ahead.
We spend our first day exploring the pools, scrapes and reed beds around the Cley reserve. Passage is in full swing and over twenty five species of shorebirds could be recorded on this tour. From the hides, close views may be had of large flocks of Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin, with smaller numbers of Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, Common, Green and Wood Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpiper, Little and sometimes Temminck’s Stints, European Golden Plover and Pied Avocet. In late summer, duck numbers build dramatically and this is one of the best times of year to connect with Garganey. Bearded Tits are very conspicuous in the reed beds now as they have parties of young on the wing and Marsh Harriers too can be seen in large numbers. Reed and Sedge Warblers are just departing, and on Arnold’s Marsh, terns congregate in large numbers before their journey south. In recent years, this has included the beautiful Roseate Tern, though Lesser Crested has also been seen more than once. Gull flocks include frequent Little, Caspian, Mediterranean and Yellow-legged at this time of year and other species noted around the reserve might include Cetti’s Warbler, Common Kingfisher and Water Rail. Seawatching from Cley coastguards can be very productive in onshore winds but even when conditions are not favourable; it is possible to get good views of loafing Arctic Skua and passing Little Tern.
Today we visit Titchwell RSPB reserve. The freshmarsh here gives great opportunities for close views of waders such as Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint among throngs of Dunlin. Broad-billed Sandpiper has been seen in August more than once, and Pectoral Sandpiper and Red-necked Phalarope are annual. Along the shore, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit will be seen and offshore the first groups of Common Scoter appear.  Raptors often pass through at this time and Osprey, Red Kite, European Honey Buzzard and Montagu’s Harrier are all recorded. Depending on the tide times, we will also visit Snettisham RSPB either in the morning or afternoon. Here we have the chance to witness the huge swirling flocks of waders gathering on the mudflats which will be building up at this time of the year. variety is also really good with Common Greenshanks, Spotted Redshanks, Common & Green Sandpipers, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper all likely. This is a good place for rarer species - Broad-billed and White-rumped Sandpipers have both been seen in recent years. 
Our final day will be spent according to the presence of any rarities, and hopefully we will have the opportunity to do some seawatching in north or north-westerly winds. August is prime time for skua passage and Arctic and Great can pass in good numbers in the right conditions along with small numbers of Pomarine and Long-tailed. Manx, Sooty and even occasional Balearic Shearwaters are noted and Cory’s was noted in 2007. August seawatching also produces a good species range as ducks including Greater Scaup, Common Eider and Common Scoter, shorebirds such as Whimbrel and godwits and Little, Arctic, Sandwich, Common and sometimes Black Terns pass by.  Alternatively easterly winds could see us visiting Wells woods or Holkham meals in search of migrant warblers, often including good numbers of Willow Warbler, Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Small arrivals of continentalt drift migrants can start occurring from the first week in August, and this is the time we normally see the first Pied Flycatchers of the autumn, as well as Common Redstart and sometimes Greenish Warbler. The tour will conclude around 1600, with transfers back to King's Lynn railway station and Great Ryburgh.


Additional Information


The Blue Boar Inn and The Dower House B&B in Great Ryburgh wiht en suite rooms throughout.

Three nights accommodation, meals from dinner on day one to lunch on final day, services of leader, transport and reserve entrance fees.

Transport to/from Norfolk and any overnight stay that might be involved, travel insurance, drinks and any items of a purely personal nature.

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