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.
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Please note: from 29 March for about two weeks there will be disruption and construction noise at Ranworth Broad, as well replace weak and damaged sections of the boardwalk.
The boardwalk to the Centre will remain open but there may be small amounts of time when people will need to wait for us to allow them a clear access path. Thanks for your understanding.