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Cley next the Sea Norfolk

Cley beach Barry

No visit to Norfolk would be complete without at least one visit to Cley next the Sea and its famous Norfolk Naturalist Trust Reserve, a mecca for birdwatchers since the 1970s. The list of rare and scarce birds recorded here over the years is mouth watering. Of course rare birds are indeed rare, but Cley NWT always has plenty of birds throughout the year.

Cley big sky

The beach at Cley is a great place to sea watch from and we enjoyed views of Red throated Divers riding the choppy sea. Flocks of Wigeon, Teal and Brent Geese were passing, some coming in off the sea, others following the coastline, always birds to see.

Cley newsagent

Cley village is a lovely place, with a place that time forgot feel, where else on the UK mainland would you find a Newsagent like this?

Cley bike dog

Or see a dog on the back of a bike?!

Cley Brents

Hundreds of dark-bellied Brent Geese were feeding in the fields by the road that runs from the village down to the beach car park. Great views on the sunshine, also Golden Plover and Lapwing feeding here.

Cley boardwalk

We headed out to the hides overlooking the lagoons and enjoyed lots of waders and wildfowl feeding in the shallow pools as a Marsh Harrier hunted the reedbeds beyound.

Cley Pintail 1

Cley Pintail 2

Pintail are always a real joy to see, especially close up and in the sun, even if you can only see their rear a lot of the time.

Cley East Bank

We took a walk along the east bank and enjoyed lots more waders and Brent Geese, as Bearded Tits called from the reeds as the Marsh Harrier floated by.

A well deserved hot drink and large slab of cake were enjoyed at the excellent visitor centre. Time for a team photo in the sun, but you just can't stop birdwatching when you are in Norfolk!

Cley birders sun

More pictures coming soon, please check back and see.

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We look forward to sharing great birds with you!


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