Sparham Pools are just northeast of Lyng village at TG072179 (Landranger 133), Post Code NR9 5QY. Take the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham road. Between Lenwade and Bawdeswell turn south towards Lyng. Follow the road down the hill for ¾ mile. The car park is poorly signposted on the left at the bottom of the hill (look out for the Wensum Wat Trail path sign) and shortly before the bridge over the River Wensum. It consists of 12 ha of freshwater pools surrounded by remnant scrub heath and woodland.
Birds all year cormorant, common wildfowl, common waterbirds, sparrowhawk, kestrel, common gull species, kingfisher, green woodpecker,, great spotted woodpecker, pied wagtail, common scrub birds, marsh tit.
Birds in autumn/winter A variety of ducks including shoveler, gadwall, tufted duck and pochard. These may be joined by goosander, little grebe and occasionally goldeneye. Siskin and redpoll may be found in the alders which grow on the banks of the pools, treecreeper and nuthatch in deciduous woodland trees around the pit. Winter thrushes & meadow pipit on the surrounding fields and hedgerows.
Birds in spring/summer common tern, oystercatcher, hirundines, swift, Egyptian goose, woodland birds (both migrants – reed, sedge and garden warblers, blackcap - and residents), reed bunting, cuckoo, skylark. The bridge over the River Wensum close to the entrance to the Pools is a good place to look for grey wagtail. Ospreys are occasional spring passage migrants.
The site is leased to and managed by the NWT and there is open access so no permit is required. The NWT has a policy of having no dogs on their reserves unless they are required for assistance. There is a public footpath (part of the Wensum Way) leading from the car park at TG073178 along the northern edge of the site and there is a permissive path around the rest of the site. Grazing cattle may be encountered on the southern section so care is needed. From the eastern side of the site good views can be gained over the adjacent fishing lakes where similar waterbirds may be found plus little egret, common buzzard, barn owl and occasionally great white egret in recent times (i.e. since 2019).