The floating Broads Wildlife Centre is reached by a boardwalk and has a panoramic vista across the water.
From here, good numbers of wildfowl – wigeon, gadwall, teal, shoveler and pochard – can be watched in the winter. Great crested grebes are present all year, though much more elegant in their summer plumage, and kingfishers occasionally zip across the water. Hundreds of cormorants roost in skeletal, dead trees, with marsh harriers passing overhead. Common terns nest in front of the Centre.
The boardwalk passes through excellent woodland and reedbed habitats; a number of interesting plants are present, as well as common woodland birds. The explosive song of the Cetti’s warbler can often be heard, though these brown skulkers are much harder to see. Swallowtails are present, as well as Norfolk hawkers and other dragonflies.
Perhaps the best way to enjoy Ranworth is by joining one of NWT’s electric boat trips. Explore the Broad and its channels – as well as abundant wildlife you will also see the wrecks of wherries sunk in WWII to prevent German seaplanes from landing on the water. The trips are 45 minutes and depart at 10.45am, 12.15pm, 2pm and 3.30pm.
Ferry trips available between the Staithe and Visitor Centre. They depart 15 mins before the boat trips above and then straight after. Please call the visitor centres for more information: 01603 270060
Cockshoot Water Trail - every Sunday in July and August at 10.45am, from Ranworth Broad to NWT Cockshoot Broad