North Norfolk local group

NWT Cley Marshes, photo by Barry Madden

From The Chair

North Norfolk enjoys a wealth of wildlife habitats: a subtly varied coastline; heathlands, woods and diverse wet places. The region is renowned for its resident and migrant birds but the plant life is distinctive too, deriving from the recent geological history of glaciation. There is much mutual support between the various bodies concerned for wildlife conservation and this often involves farming interests. Many people have chosen to live in North Norfolk to further their interests in wildlife. One result is a high level of local expertise which is freely shared around and the local NWT group seeks to foster this with a programme of talks, excursions and events. Visitors are always made welcome.

Andy Clarke is the new Chair of the North Norfolk Local Group, who, along with a small committee, will be putting together a programme of meetings and events in the area. The Secretary is Leo Batten.

If you would like to get involved with your local group, please get in touch with the contact person on page/below (events page / web list) or contact us on 01603 625540.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves in the North Norfolk area include:

  • Cley Marshes and Salthouse Marshes - five hides at Cley provide bird watching of resident wildfowl, migrating waders and unusual vagrants.
  • Holme Dunes - watch for wildfowl, including the spectacular and very Norfolk sight of thousands of Pink Footed Geese and smaller flocks of Brent Geese. Lovely beach walks through dunes and coastal marsh
  • Thursford Wood - take a walk through 10ha of some of the oldest oaks in the county!

In the summer the Group offers a varied programme of outdoor events, held at interesting local venues each led by a knowledgeable guide. The winter sees us move indoors with illustrated talks followed by refreshments at Cley Village Hall which are sponsored by local businesses and usually held the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.

Our Committee is a mixture of both the serious, people with knowledge gained from careers in the natural world and enthusiasts, who like nothing more than a brisk walk along the coast.
In the summer the Group offers a varied programme of outdoor events, held at interesting local venues each led by a knowledgeable guide. In winter we move indoors to Cley Village Hall for a wide range of illustrated talks, along with refreshments, usually held on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm

This year our Group has been introduced to the delights of Kelling Water Meadows, Spout Hills in Holt and the Natural Surroundings estate, and have taken the long and energy-sapping walk along the shingle bank to Blakeney Point. We have also heard some fascinating and illuminating lectures including the incredible ecology of wasps, the history and wildlife of the Shetland Islands, and the wildlife and conservation issues associated with the Glaven Valley.

For all who have assisted in leading the walks, collecting fees, and providing refreshments – many thanks for your part in making what has proved a most successful programme. Thank you, also, to all who continue to give support to our Group, those who sponsor the lectures and the many local publications for carrying our news free of charge.

Our Committee is a mixture of both the serious, people with knowledge gained from careers in the natural world and enthusiasts, who like nothing more than a brisk walk along the coast.  The Committee meets only three or four times  a year and currently there are vacancies on the Committee.  If you would like the stimulus of helping to keep the programme going and shaping its future direction, please contact the Chairman, Andy Clarke on 01263 821259.
Talks about wildlife become vivid when there are plenty of good pictures of living creatures. Photographic slides have given good service for many years but rapidly digital projection is becoming the norm on account of its power, flexibility and creative possibilities. The North Norfolk Group decided to buy into the new technology. To supplement several gifts they applied to ‘Awards For All’ which makes available small grants from the Lottery Fund to further community projects. The bid proved successful and the funding (£1,172) was made available in March 2009. Since then the equipment has been put to good use at our indoor meetings.

It is a condition of the award that the equipment should be regarded as a community resource so other groups will enjoy the benefit, for example our staunch ally Cley Bird Club.

Contact us

If you are not yet a NWT member, or if you are new to this area, you can find information about joining the Trust either at the Visitor Centre at NWT Cley Marshes, or at our winter lectures at Cley Village Hall- you will be made most welcome.

For further information and details about the Local Group please contact:
Chairman:  Andy Clarke: 01263 821259
Secretary: Leo Batten: 01263 740425
Email: northnorfolk@norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk