Nature Reserve

Visit norfolk’s nature reserves and wildlife parks

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Norfolk is full of natural wonders, from the famous red cliffs and pristine beaches of the coast to the waterways and wetlands of the countryside, not to mention the wildlife. Many of these areas are protected in order to preserve the natural beauty, so these nature reserves, parks and gardens make for excellent days out.

With a breath of fresh always on hand by the sea, it’s a good idea to look at options for outdoor activities when planning for your holidays. The good thing is Norfolk has an abundance of nature reserves which can be easily visited from Haven holiday parks. We’ve listed our top five Norfolk nature reserves below to help you find the best beauty spots in this underrated county. Make sure you check online before you make your trip as information does change and not all nature reserves are always open to the public.

1. RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve

1. RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve

RSPB Snettisham provides one of the best forms of all-year round entertainment that the natural world can offer - bird watching. Made up of a vast expanse of saltmarsh, tidal mudflats, saline lagoons and shingle beach, this nature reserve has a total of three wildlife observation hides including two that are suited to all weather and are wheelchair accessible. These hides give panoramic views across the marsh, lagoons and mudflats that make up The Wash. Walking, cycling and jogging enthusiasts will appreciate the three popular trails that run through the reserve and boating activities are also available on the water. 

RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve is perhaps best known for the Snettisham Spectacular. This phenomenon in which tens of thousands of wading birds are thrown into the air from the mudflats by the rapidly incoming tide is quite the treat for birdwatching enthusiasts. Also called the 'whirling wader spectacle', the best swarms are seen from late summer onwards and are a sight, and a sound, that you’re unlikely to forget. Please check the RSPB website for a guide to the dates and times you can see the spectacle for yourself.

2. Pensthorpe Natural Park

2. Pensthorpe Natural Park

Located in the heart of the Wensum Valley, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a goldmine for anyone who is looking for a Norfolk nature reserve to take the whole family. This 700-acre woodland area has many activities for the kids including interactive trails and eco-play areas and friendly little ducks to feed! 

There are lots of fun trails to explore and for over 30 years Pensthorpe Natural Park has held lots of events such as talks and a bird and wildlife fair to help inspire the next generation of conservationists and wildlife lovers. Pensthorpe Natural Park makes for a brilliant day out and is enjoyable no matter the weather - there are plenty of places to seek shelter and benches for rests amongst the beautiful gardens, sculpture trail, courtyard cafe and shop.

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3. Blakeney Nature Reserve

3. Blakeney Nature Reserve

This is a National Trust favourite on the coast near Morston and easily makes our list of the best Norfolk nature reserves to visit this summer. Home to England’s largest grey seal colony, Blakeney is perhaps best known for its wildlife spotting boat trips, but it also offers stunning coastal walks aplenty.

Head to Morston Quay for the seal trips but make sure to reserve online at least a day in advance as they are popular.  The trips are good value for a family and depart in a three-hour window before high tide as the estuary becomes mudflats at low tide. The quay is also the location of the car park, from which you can enjoy glorious views across the estuary and of the old lifeboat house on the spit as you walk along the coast path looking for birdlife as you go.

4. Dersingham Bog and the Sandringham Estate

4. Dersingham Bog and the Sandringham Estate

The idea of visiting a bog on your holiday might not immediately appeal – but trust us, this is no ordinary bog. Across the road from the rigid, orderly beauty of Sandringham Estate, Dersingham Bog is quite the contrast with its wild, untamed mire, heath and woodland stretching over 150 hectares. There is a peaceful circular walk that is usually free of people and for wheelchair users, there is an easy access path which leads from the Wolverton car park to a stunning viewpoint. 

Don’t get bogged down exploring Dersingham alone, for there is also the 600-acre Royal Park of Sandringham Estate to visit while you’re there. There are two waymarked trails running through woodlands which you are free to explore. The house itself, museum, St Mary Magdalene Church, and pristine gardens are also well worth a visit, being open to the public from March to October each year.

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Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.

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Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.

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