Possibly the best place in Britain to view wild common cranes in winter is NWT Hickling Broad.
Between November and February from the Stubb Mill raptor roost viewpoint, common cranes can be seen coming in to roost at sunset. (As well as the cranes, large numbers of marsh harriers are almost guaranteed in the roost, with occasional sightings of hen harrier, merlin and barn owl.)
In spring and summer, cranes are very vulnerable to disturbance at breeding sites but sightings of flying and feeding birds are regularly seen in the Hickling, Horsey
, Winterton area of the Norfolk Broads.
Visitors to NWT Hickling Broad
, during visitor centre opening periods, can obtain further information on opportunities to view cranes from the centre staff.
Parking is not available at Stubb Mill raptor viewpoint, therefore please park at NWT Hickling Broad car park – walking directions can be found on the orientation station located near the visitor centre (it's roughly a fifteen minute walk along an often muddy track, so wellington boots are recommended).