Alderfen Broad, photo by Richard Osbourne 2/3
Alderfen Broad, photo by Mike Page 3/3

Alderfen Broad and Marshes

Tucked away in the heart of the Broads, Alderfen contains some of the area’s finest remaining tussock fen and carr woodland.

It also supports a number of scarce plants and good numbers of invertebrates including butterflies and dragonflies. The explosive song of the Cetti’s warbler can be heard throughout the year, with reed and sedge warblers common in the summer alongside occasional grasshopper warblers.


This active little bird has a forked tail, a distinctive yellow stripe on its black wings and can be spotted feasting on alder seeds during the winter months.

Greater Tussock Sedge
One of the UK’s largest sedges, its impressive bushy tussocks can reach over a metre in height.

A circular footpath (which can often be muddy) leads around part of the site, with a viewing area over the water. Vehicular access is along a rough track (4WD recommended) from Threehammer Common, 2.5km (1.5 miles) northeast of Horning.
Grade 3 - Tracks may be difficult.

NWT does not permit wild swimming on its nature reserves. For more information and advice on wild swimming in the Norfolk Broads visit Outdoor swimming (broads-authority.gov.uk).

Birds - chiffchaff, blackcap, Cetti's warbler
Plants - Marsh fern, greater tussock sedge, sphagnum moss
Insects - Hairry dragonfly, red-eyed damselfly

Birds - Sedge and reed warblers
Mammals - Common pipistrelle
Plants - Cowbane, greater tussock sedge
Insects - Swallowtail, white admiral, Norfolk hawker

Birds - Chance of osprey on migration
Plants - Sphagnum moss, royal fern

Birds - Siskin, redpoll, marsh harrier, common buzzard
Plants - Alder, oak



Post code
NR12 8BP
Map reference
OS Landranger 134
Grid reference
TG 353 197
SAC, SPA, Ramsar, SSSI
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