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Winter Waterland… The River Bure at Oxnead

Early in the morning… Eyes blinking, I twist open the blinds and wait for my pupils to adjust as light streams into the darkened room. Peering through the slats, my brain, still trying to jump-start itself awake, begins to process the visual cues as they come into focus… Our garden sparkles with frost, and beyond, a pale sun is rising through a low level mist into a deep blue sky. I hastily get dressed.  ‘Do you want to come?‘ I ask […]

The Wonderful Colours of Autumn…

A walk by the river… I just love an Autumn sunset!  They tend to be more dramatic than Summer sunsets.  I don’t know why, but in my quest to start noticing things – that’s something I’ve noticed! One of the great things about nature is it gives you something to look forward to in every season.  I’m really just starting to learn about and experience what each season brings as I try to be more aware of what’s happening around me. […]

Upton Marshes… Wildlife Walks on the Norfolk Broads

After the walk… I cannot resist a final glance across the marshes before clambering back aboard Grey Goose III. The sun has set behind us and there is now a hint of mist rising from the watery lowlands.  Owned by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Upton Marshes are managed with the aim of attracting and providing a home for all sorts of wildlife and it is working. Rarely have I seen such an abundance of life on any walk. A public footpath follows the […]

The Bounty of the River…

Welcome aboard the Waterland wildlife tour boat.  We are making our way along the River Ant, near Wayford Bridge, through the now familiar countryside of grazing marshland and reeds.  Friendly moos are exchanged with a small herd of Highland Cows we have come to know as we continue on a southerly course. Soon the welcome sight of Hunsett Mill greets us and we follow the twists and turns of the now tree-lined river, through Sutton Fen and, before long, pass ‘The […]

The Grandest View I Dreamed to See…

8th May 1974 Hey, you caught me time travelling.  Mind you, some people would call it reminiscing, but it seems to me that a memory is a moment in time kept, that you can revisit whenever you wish.  And, sometimes, when you go back into a memory, you remember other things that you had forgotten and the only way to get to the new memory, is from the old memory.  That sounds like time travel to me! I am six […]

A Gentle Dark Comes…

Now and again something quite special happens on the Norfolk Broads in the late evening…  The time, after the sun has set, but before it is completely dark, is sometimes referred to as gloaming and is perhaps not when most people would think of getting out into the great outdoors, but we should because it’s a wonderful time to be alive in nature… Looking over the barley field, I watch as the sun falls behind nearby trees and realise it’s too late to get […]

Norfolk Broads Video… Landscapes and Wildlife

I hope you enjoy this Norfolk Broads Video… The Norfolk Broads are a unique waterland with over 100 miles of rivers and lakes in Norfolk and Suffolk, meandering through wonderful countryside, full of wildlife and steeped in history. The vast, open landscapes of the Broads are dominated by big skies and succumb to the whims of the weather and changing seasons to become, at times, both beautiful and desolate, charming and bleak, picturesque and wild, mystical and inspiring. Because the rivers […]

Grey Goose III

The Finding of Goose Cove…

Friday 13th May… We’re running late.  The plan was to leave Waterland base camp long before sunset and find a wild mooring on the River Ant but, by as we get underway, the light was already fading and the low overcast clouds made it feel darker still. Our dogs, Monty (the Jack Russell) and Mabel (the Cocker Spaniel) wonder what’s going on as we head out into the fading light… It’s well past 9pm as we make a dash across Barton […]

Sand Martins

Sand Martins Among the Wavetops at Barton Broad…

It’s quite a display – fast and low – as if they  were weaving between the waves just for the thrill of it.  Sand Martins – and lots of them! As I watch, trying to follow them through the viewfinder of my camera, they seem to me like fighter pilots of the bird world.  You cannot fail to be awed by their aerial prowess as they hunt the insects that can be found close to the water. They are so agile, […]