Steve Connor

Welcome to the website of the Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society.

 WVBS is an active and friendly Norfolk  birdwatching society with  c130 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.

Special Membership Offer

What a brilliant start to the year. Our indoor programme for 2020 began by welcoming Nick Acheson the well known Norfolk naturalist who  produced a compelling new talk entitled Norfolk Conservation.  We build on this with our next Indoor Meeting when we are fortunate enough to have Hugh Hanmer from the BTO, who is going to talk about Project Owl – Secrets of the night. We love speakers from the BTO  – their talks are always fascinatingly crammed with information about birds. Guests are welcome and we ask for a donation of £3.

This coincides with an offer for anyone joining the Society now. We are offering 15 Months Membership for the price of 12 in January 2020. You will then have free admission to some brilliant talks and qualify for all the rest of the goodies we offer. Single Membership is £11.50, Couples £17.50 and Students £5.00. Just click on the join us tab for more information.

Sunday 26th January Field Trip: Holkham

Leader/Coordinator: David Gibbons

The planned itinerary for this walk is as follows:-

Meet at 09.30 in the Village Car Park at Holkham. This at present is a free carpark: For those of you who are not sure of this spot, do not turn right into Lady Ann’s Drive on arrival at Holkham, as this will take you to the beach and the pay car park, but turn left up past the Victoria Hotel towards the Holkham Park Gates. After approximately 300 mts. the parking area will be on your right. (If anyone prefers a less muddy car park, you can Pay and Display in Lady Ann’s Drive, and then meet the rest of the group at the roadside entrance to the drive.) We will walk back down to the coast road and on down Lady Ann’s Drive towards the sea, viewing the water meadows on both sides, and arrive at the Visitor Centre which will be open from 10.00 until 16.00. for coffee, toilets etc. Then we will move along to the hides along the pinewoods edge: These overlook parts of the Holkham Reserve . Then cutting across through the woods to the bay the tide will be falling (Low Water 13.33) to view the sea. We will then make our way back for lunch at the carpark. Afterwards we will travel back to visit North Point Pools: Only the centre path will be available and is usually quite muddy but it also allows access to the Coast Path along the marsh edges.

Guests are welcome but are asked to book in advance by e-mailing wvbs.chair@gmailcom or telephone 01603 569897. The same telephone number can be used if you have booked on the walk and no longer plan to attend. We do ask for a donation of £3 per person for guests attending and the first £3 paid can be refunded if you join the Society.

Winner of the WVBS Photo  in Wensum Valley in 2019

Buzzard at Sparham Pools – Hilary Gostling

Western Isles Trip 28th August 2020:

The Society has organised a members trip to The Western Isles with Oriole Birding who will chauffer us and guide us. Places are going quickly with only two remaining. See Forthcoming Events for full details

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.

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