As we live near the sea we often visit the local Norfolk coastal marshes and beaches, especially during the winter months. There’s less people around and the birds seem to be a bit more tolerant. Its a great place to see our winter shorebirds and waders. Holme, Titchwell Marshes and Cley are considered to be some of the best bird watching places in the Norfolk.
I guess what makes the north Norfolk coast such a special place is due to its unique position, acres of mud and mild climate.Hence it attracts large numbers of wintering birds
Although its possible to see waders and shorebirds all year along the coast, each Autumn you can see the numbers of winter migrants increasing. Additionally sometimes some of the early arrivals are still sporting remnants of their summer plumage.
What’s The Best time to Visit?
At Titchwell, a good time to take a look along the coast is at low tide because the rich muddy feeding grounds are exposed. Also return at high tide because the birds are forced up the shore and often on to the marsh.
In addition the time immediately after a winter storm, especially if there’s clear bright skies can be a great time to get some good photos. After spending the summer months in remote locations many of the birds are far more tolerant of people. Below I’ve added some images of the waders/shore birds taken over the past couple of winters along the coast.