Sunday 17 December 2017: Holkham Park and Lady Anne's Drive
Meet at Holkham Village car park TF 891 436 at 10.30am. Bring a packed lunch.
Approach Holkham from the A149. At the Victoria Hotel (NR23 1RG) turn south towards Holkham Hall. Continue along this road and turn right into the car park immediately before the Hall gates. We will explore the hall grounds and lake. At this time of year the lake should have a good variety of wildfowl and cormorants. The mature parkland surrounding the hall and lake is good for tits, nuthatches, tree creepers, woodpeckers, red kites and other raptors are sometimes seen too. After our packed lunch we will walk north of the A149 to Lady Anne's Drive to look at the wintering flocks of geese and other wildfowl grazing on the fields and then if we have enough light we may walk either west into the pine woods to the first hide or into Holkham Bay depending on what birds are about. If we have prior knowledge that there are either Twite or Shore Larks in the Bay we will go seawards. We will end our walk at about 3pm. For most of the walk walking boots will be adequate but if we go to Holkham Bay, wellies are advised. 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. The walk will be led by Janice Darch.