Black Redstart seen on outdoor meeting March 2019

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

Our exciting 2019 Indoor & Outdoor programmes have now been completed – why not click on the tab above to enter dates in your diary.

On 18th April we are fortunate to have Gary Prescott who is known as The Biking Birder as our guest speaker. His amazing adventures firstly visiting all RSPB and Wildlife & Wetland Reserves twice – by bike, and his fund raising exploits in Peru where he cycled, kayaked and trekked for six months. We are in for an entertaining evening following our brief AGM. Guests are welcome (£2 donation requested).

On Sunday 28th April we head for our first visit to Cantley Sugar Beet Factory to look for Spring Migrants and Water Birds which we hope to find on the lagoons there. We visited the site on 14th April and within a minute of arriving were staring face to face with a Peregrine – lets hope it is still there. Guests are welcome (£2 donation requested).

On 11th May we are holding our annual Dawn Chorus event. This  time it will be held at Pensthorpe and will cost Members £10  and include Breakfast.

Fuller details of the above events are shown in the Forthcoming Events section of this website.

An action packed time for the Society with events at Pensthorpe on 11th May, 12th May, and 17/18 May. We are looking for volunteers to help man our stands at Wild about the Wensum on 12th May and Pensthorpe Bird & Wildlife Fair on 17/18th May. We also hope to sell good quality second hand bird and travel books and donations will be welcome.

If you can help in any way please contact Keith on 01603 569897 or email keithrwalker24@gmail.com.



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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