Martham Broad, photo by Richard Osbourne 1/3
Martham Broad, photo by Mike Page 2/3
Martham Broad, photo by Richard Osbourne 3/3

Martham Broad

Part of the Hickling Living Landscape, NWT Martham Broad is a fantastic place to visit, with a wide variety of wildlife.

The site actually comprises two shallow Broads bisected by the navigable River Thurne, as well as surrounding fen, reedbed and marsh. The reserve holds breeding birds including bittern, bearded tit, common tern, Cetti’s warbler and marsh harrier.

Stately common cranes use the reserve and can be seen flying over. The site is excellent for swallowtails and many other invertebrates in summer, including Norfolk hawker. Otters are present and Chinese water deer are relatively easily observed. Several bat species occur. Good numbers of wintering wildfowl  frequent the Broad and surrounding fields. Hen harrier and merlin are also possible in the winter months, and barn owl is often seen.


Chinese Water Deer

Martham Broad is a good place to spot the strange-looking Chinese water deer, particularly in the early morning or evening when they emerge from cover to graze in the surrounding fields. As its name suggests, the species was introduced from China in the nineteenth century.



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NR29 4EB
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OS Landranger 134
Grid reference
TG 466 203
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