Trinity Broads, credit Mike Page 2/3
Trinity Broads Warden, credit Matthew Roberts 3/3

Trinity Broads

Situated north-west of Great Yarmouth, the Trinity Broads make up 14% of the open water within the Broads.

Habitats include wide expanses of shallow open water, extensive tracts of broadshore reedbed and undisturbed areas of wet woodland. The broads and their margins are owned by Essex & Suffolk Water and managed in partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Other members of the partnership are Natural England, Environment Agency and Broads Authority.

These habitats support a wealth of wildlife, from the tiniest rare snail to stands of bulrushes, which have virtually disappeared from the rest of the Broads, to the elusive bittern. The wildlife importance means that more than three square kilometres of the Trinities are protected by national and international conservation designations.

Further details of the conservation management of the site and its species can be made available by contacting the Warden directly:  07711 439180 or [email protected]

True bulrush
This attractive wetland plant has thick round stems, a spongy material encased in a shiny dark skin with delicate grassy seeds in a cluster at the top of the tall stalks. Due to its strong pliable stems, it has been used for thousands of years to make matting, baskets, rush seating and even hats.
It needs good water quality to survive.

Broadshore angling is permitted from fishing platforms at Rollesby Bridge (A149) and Filby Bridge (A1064). Both locations have car parks and platforms that are accessible to wheelchair users and Rollesby Bridge also has toilets.

Short walks are available from Filby Bridge Car Park – a surfaced path leads to a bird screen that overlooks Ormesby Little Broad. On the other side of the road an access-for all walkway overlooks Filby Broad.

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).
Nationally and internationally designated plant species including cowbane, hair-like pond-weed and holly-leaved naiad occur here. There are good numbers of both wintering and breeding wildfowl, and bittern and marsh harrier are present in the area. Mammals include otter, water vole, water shrew and eleven species of bat. There are 31 Red Data Book (RDB) and Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) invertebrate species recorded to date.

Birds - Bittern, cetti’s warbler, kingfisher
Plants - Saw sedge
Mammals - Otter, daubenton’s bat, water vole

Birds - Reed warbler, sedge warbler, chiffchaff
Plants - Starry stonewort, holly-leaved naiad, common reed, cowbane
Invertebrates - Norfolk hawker, swallowtail, willow emerald damselfly

Birds - Teal, grey heron, jay, marsh harrier
Plants - Oak, alder

Birds - Goldeneye, shoveler, pochard, tufted duck, gadwall, bittern

  Note for Anglers
Fishing is allowed during daylight hours. The car park is open from 8am to 6pm daily. Killer shrimp are present, please read guidance and use the wash station.


Filby car park
Main Rd A1064
Post code
NR29 3AE
Map reference
OS Landranger 134
Grid reference
TG 46111 13650
SSSI, Broads SAC
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