Buckenham Marshes for wintering ducks and geese and the rook roost
Saturday 19 January 2019
12:30pm to 5.00pm
Meeting Point: Meet at Buckenham Station TG 351056 nearest post code NR13 4HN Directions: Leave A47 at the left turn (from Yarmouth direction) to the B1140 to Cantley. Follow this road until you see the Cantley Cock pub. Turn right onto Cantley Road and continue along it as it becomes Wood Lane. Turn left when you reach School Road and follow until you reach a left turn into Station Road. Follow Station Road to its end and the car park is a right turn immediately before the station and a house.
Note: Bring a packed lunch and perhaps a thermos of hot drink to warm up after the rook roost. It may be muddy so boots are advisable. This area is very exposed and can be bitterly cold in winter, so warm clothing is a must. A telescope is useful if you have one. There are no facilities at Buckenham.
Distance: Distance depends on how far away the Taiga Bean Geese are grazing
The walk for wintering geese and ducks, with the option of staying until the end of the afternoon to watch the rooks gathering for the evening roost. The target bird for this trip is the small wintering flock of Taiga Bean Geese, as the grazing marshes along the River Yare between Buckenham and Cantley is the only regular site in UK for this species. The flock can roam widely, so be prepared for a good walk (several miles) if the flock is feeding towards Cantley. If we are lucky to see the Taiga Bean Geese quickly we can go and explore the part of Strumpshaw Reserve that we did not go to in November. The marshes are, good for other geese and also ducks and raptors. The rook roost is famous, has featured on TV programmes and is even mentioned in the Doomsday Book.
Children are welcome if accompanied by well-behaved adults, but we regret no dogs. To keep the club's carbon footprint small, and because the RSPB car park is small, please consider car sharing. The walk will be led by Janice Darch.