Strumpshaw is an RSPB reserve 6 miles east of Norwich in the River Yare Valley, just south of the A47 between Brundell and Cantley. Its address is Low Road, Strumpshaw, NR13 4HS Grid reference TG 34065. It is a wardened reserve so please bring your RSPB card as you will need to show it. For non RSPB members the entry charge is £3.50. The reserve has two car parks, one on either side of Low Road. Meet at the nearest car park to the visitor centre. The Strumpshaw web site says that the road though Brundell is closed at the railway bridge at the time of our visit and so approach the reserve either from the east via Cantley or from the north via Blofield. The Visitors Centre has toilets. There is also a drinks machine.
The reserve allows us to do a circular 4 mile walk through deciduous woodland, reedbeds, water meadows, scrapes and river banks in the lovely Yare Valley. This reserve is in the Yare Valley Living Landscape and it is a part of the Mid Yare National Nature Reserve. It is a section of the wildlife corridor which connects Whittlingham Lane and Thorpe Marshes in Norwich , with Buckenham and Cantley Marshes with those of Surlingham and Wheat Fen across the river to the south. Therefore it is not an isolated reserve but is part of a much wider area managed for its wildlife. This gives it huge potential for birding.
Viewing is from good paths and from three hides, including a tower hide. Walking is easy but it can be muddy so walking boots are advised. There are two stiles and we need to cross the Norwich to Yarmouth/Lowestoft railway line to access the reserve via level crossings. Birds we are likely to see may include Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk , Peregrine, Bittern, Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, White Fronted Geese, Pink-footed Geese, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Water Rail, Snipe and Jack Snipe, Nuthatch, Cetti's Warber, Tree Creeper, Reed Bunting, Bearded Tit, Bullfinch to name but a few. Otters are often seen from the hides. We may also see Chinese Water Deer.
Children are welcome if accompanied by well-behaved adults, but we regret no dogs. To keep the club's carbon footprint small please consider car sharing. Leader: Janet Darch.