Common Tern Chick from Raft at Sparham.

Welcome to the website of the Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society

 WVBS is an active and friendly Norfolk  birdwatching society with  c100 members. Our indoor meetings  are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30p.m, and feature a guest speaker. They are held at Great Witchingham Village Hall, Hubbards Loke, NR9 5AZ. (Directions to the hall can be found at www.gwvh.org.uk).

We also organise bird-watching field trips each month to different outdoor venues.

Details of our activities are advertised here, on our Twitter site and in local parish magazines. For more  information about  WVBS, follow this website where you find further details of forthcoming events, and also recent reports about our Indoor Meetings and Field Trips.

 WVBS covers the area of the Wensum Valley  in Norfolk which follows the River Wensum between Norwich and Fakenham. (A map can be found by following the link in “Submit Your Bird Sightings”).

Formed in March 2003, the society has the following aims:

  1. Encourage and share the enjoyment of birdwatching in the Wensum Valley.
  2. Encourage novice birdwatchers to take an active part in birdwatching.
  3. Share information with other members.
  4. Gather and collate data on birds in the area.
  5. Participate in regional and national surveys within the defined area.
  6. Liaise with other conservation groups within the area and more widely.
  7. To administer the society in an environmentally sensitive manner.

We have a good mix of experienced birders and beginners and we are always happy to welcome new members and visitors to any of our activities. (If you are interested in joining follow the heading for “Join Us”).

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our outdoor meetings, or our indoor meetings at Great Witchingham Village Hall, click here for directions 

Latest news.

Come and listen to the brilliant Mark Cocker who is our guest speaker on 18th July at Great Witchingham Village Hall., at 7p.m His talk is entitled Our Place : Can we save Britain’s Wildlife before  it’s too late?

Tickets for members and friends £9, General Public £12. This includes admission and a Fish & Chip Supper, Dessert and Coffee. For further details see Forthcoming Events or contact Keith or Mary Walker on 01603 569897

As birding activity quietens down we turn attention to Dragonflies and are very fortunate to have Dr Pam Taylor from the British Dragonfly Society to talk to us at our Indoor Meeting on 20th June 2019. This is followed up by Dr Taylor leading us around Upton Fen on July 6th. See Forthcoming Events for further details.

Our next Outdoor event is on Saturday 22nd June. The plan is to met at NWT Holme at 2p.m and then when the reserve closes at 5p.m head to Eric’s Fish and Chips and then onwards to Dersingham Bog for our annual search for Nightjars. See Forthcoming events for full details


Bird Fair – Rutland Water Friday 16th August 2019

IC Travel will be making a trip to the Fair – leaving about 7.30a.m – 8.oo a.m. Pick up at Taverham Village Hall, Lenwade Village Hall and Swaffham if NARVOS members which to join. Transport will depart Rutland at c4.30p.m or 5 p.m as we wish.

Cost will be £37 including entrance ticket. IC travel is a very good local company with new coaches which have toilets on board.

Their telephone no. is 01603868680. Website http://www.ictravel.co.uk

Book direct with Josh Leeder on 01603 872660 or 07904971530 and he will collect money at our Indoor Meetings in May or June.  You may also book direct with IC travel but Josh will still ask you to complete the sign up sheet at the Indoor meetings.


To access our Twitter page click on the  #WV Bird tweets link in the Twitter box, on the right hand side of this page, which will take you to the WVBS Twitter page – why not look and see what interesting goodies are here or even better contribute to the site yourselves. If members need help then please see the article in October 2018 Newsletter.


SALE – Bargains not to be missed. WVBS Club Clothing by Alan Hughes
I am pleased to say that the new range of club clothing is proving to be popular with members, and most of us are happy with the quality, styles and colours on offer, all at good value for money. If any of you have new ideas about what we can sell, or comments on the existing range, please let me know. If you haven’t chosen anything, please spare a few minutes to look at what is available at one of our indoor meetings. You can also see details on the tab here on the website.
We have a small number of items from the old stock, all in bottle green, which will be available at knock-down prices of 50% 0ff, so “Roll up, Roll up!!”…….
Sweatshirt Medium £6.00
Polo shirt Small £5.00
Zip Fleece XL £10.00
Zip Fleece Medium £10.00






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