There is no bad time to watch wildlife in Norfolk. There is always much to see and learn in our beautiful county. Winter is no exception. Along the coast and in the Broads and Fens in winter the marshes are full of waterfowl. In coastal marshes, as at Holme Dunes, Holkham and Cley Marshes, there are great flocks of dark-bellied brent geese and pink-footed geese. 

In the Broads at Hickling, bitter winter evenings witness an impressive roost of marsh harriers, with smaller numbers of hen harriers and merlins. This is also the place to see the country’s only wild population of cranes. Along the bare hedges redwings and fieldfares are feeding on berries, sometimes joined by rarer waxwings. 

At a few sites along the coast in midwinter grey seals are giving birth to their white pups.
Grey seal pup by Peter Mallett

Questions & advice

When and where can I see common cranes in Norfolk?
When and where can I see big flocks of wild geese in Norfolk?
How can I feed birds and keep rats and squirrels away?
Is it important to keep bird tables and bird feeders clean?
What are the best plants to grow to attract butterflies to my garden?
Should I clean out a bird box?
Why are tadpoles in my pond in autumn and winter?
What are the colourful thrushes I see in the garden in winter ?
How can I get involved in monitoring bird populations?
What should I do there is ice on my pond?
Where have all the ducks gone in the Broads this winter?
There has been ice on my pond and I have found dead frogs, what has happened?