Saturday 31st January – The Hawk & Owl Trust and NOA Hempton Marsh

co-ordinator Alwyn Jackson

Outdoor meeting at The Hawk & Owl Trust Sculthorpe Moor Community Reserve & Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association Reserve at Hempton Marsh near Fakenham.

 (Please note the day change from earlier published programmes)

Meeting at : The Sculthorpe Moor Reserve’s car park at 8.15am to start at 8.30am.
Grid Reference :Landranger map 132 North West Norfolk TF900305.

The reserve is off the A148 Fakenham to King’s Lynn road, just west of Fakenham town. On the A148 take Turf Moor Road signposted “Nature Reserve” opposite Sculthorpe village.
Free parking but H&OT membership card or suggested entrance donation of £3.50 required for subsequent entry to the main reserve.
We will explore the woodland, fen and reedbed habitats using the boardwalks and hides for about 2-2.5 hours – approx. 1.75-2 miles in total. There are benches along the trail.
Warm clothing and stout footwear are advisable.
On returning to the Visitor Centre we will take a short break. Hot & cold drinks, snacks and toilets are available.

After the break we will move by car to the NOA’s Hempton Marsh Reserve which is situated a short distance away. We will spend approx. 1-1.5 hours here exploring this 38 acre site of ancient wet meadow and mature woodland along the available boardwalks (not a long distance). Limited parking is available opposite the reserve entrance but it will be necessary to climb a small bank and cross the busy A1065. Care is required. I hope to arrange for a warden or volunteer to be on site during our visit.
Possible bird species; Brambling, Siskin, Redpoll, Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Water Rail, Kingfisher and other more common woodland & wetland species. Perhaps a chance of some birds of prey and an outside chance of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Who knows?

So that those attending get the most from the visit the group will limited to 15 members. To join the visit please sign the visit sheet at the December & January indoor meetings.

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