Saturday 14 April 2019
9:00am to 1.00pm
Meeting Point: 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. There are two car parks, one on either side of Low Road. Please meet at the level crossing gate by the reserve entrance.
Note: Strumpshaw is a wardened reserve so please bring your RSPB card as you will need to show your membership card else you will be charged. The Visitors Centre has toilets and a drinks machine. Walking is easy but it can be muddy so walking boots are advised
Distance: 4 miles
The reserve allows us to do a circular 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. 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 early migrants as well as resident Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk , Peregrine, Bittern, Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Water Rail, Snipe and Jack Snipe, Nuthatch, Cetti's Warbler, Tree Creeper, Reed Bunting, Bearded Tit and Bullfinch. 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. The walk will be led by Janice Darch.