NWT Cley Marshes is Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s oldest and best known nature reserve. It was purchased in 1926 to be held 'in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary'. It provided a blue print for nature conservation which has now been replicated across the UK.The water levels in the pools and reedbeds are regulated to ensure they are ideal for the resident birds, and reed is harvested every year to keep the reedbeds in good condition.
The shingle beach and saline lagoons, along with the grazing marsh and reedbed support large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.
A new eco-friendly visitor centre opened in 2007 containing a café, shop, viewing areas (including viewing from a camera on the reserve). we have since added to this with the fantastic Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, a courtyard and viewing deck. The view from the visitor centre across the Marsh to the sea is breathtaking.
Flooding January 13 2017
Following the flooding at the weekend, reserve staff are now carrying out a clean-up and repair programme. As at Thursday 18 January: the coast road is now open to access Cley, the Visitor Centre and car parks are open. The walks 'circuit' on the reserve is accessible however the hides and boardwalk will remain closed until further notice. The beach road is now clear but the beach car park is closed but likely that it will open at the weekend. Please check with the Visitor Centre for further information and updates. Thank you.
Bird hide maintenance winter 2016
Please note from 31 October 2016, work is being carried out to re-ridge the three central hides at Cley (Avocet, Teal, Dauke’s). It is estimated it will take six working days per hide which will be closed to the public while they are being worked on. Two hides will be completed by mid-November and third will start and finish in January 2017.