Back in August we enjoyed a lovely few days in the Norfolk Broads.  Norfolk is fast becoming one of our favourite places to visit, and this time around we were lucky to find a great campsite as well.  We were just a short distance away from Hickling Broad, the largest of the Broads, so it was high up on our list of things to see.

A quick look on the internet led us to the nature reserve, run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, so we headed off to explore. Parking was free, while entrance to the reserve is free for members and children, but costs £4.50 for adults. As we paid at the visitor centre/gift shop, Finn spotted the ice creams so of course I did what any responsible parent would do: I bribed him!

The reed beds are a haven for wildlife

We studied our map and decided on the best route to take. Despite not having the carrier, we opted for the longer route as it had good views across the water. Plus, the thought of ice cream is enough to keep Finn walking for a couple of miles!

Studying the nature reserve map. We opted for a route of a couple of miles or so.

It was easy to follow and there were great views across the marshes. This area is full of wildlife, from birds, such as the bittern and marsh harrier, to the swallowtail butterfly and Norfolk hawker dragonfly. We didn’t see any of these, mainly because I find that a two year old isn’t the quietest, or most patient, wildlife spotter.

There are hides along the way where you can nip in and try to spot some birds

We did spot hundreds of newts as we crossed a boardwalk, even Finn managed to spot some. It was also great to see the Konik ponies. I didn’t manage to get a good photo, but we could hear them splashing about in the reeds. This hardy Polish breed has been introduced in many nature reserves across the UK to naturally maintain and encourage diverse

Read the full original post here authored by Lauren Moseley. You can visit her blog here.

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