Whitlingham Lane Country Park Walk (Trowse, Norwich) with Janice Darch
Saturday 14th December
9:30am to 1:00pm
Meeting Point: Please meet Janice at the entrance to the Visitor Centre. There are two car parks so park in the second one which is signposted Flint Barn and Visitors Centre. Both car parks are on the left of Whitlingham Lane adjacent to each other. Toilets are available and the cafe will be open if anyone would like to have a snack after the walk. NB: The pay and display machine does not give change. Charges at the time of writing are £6.00 all day or £4.90 for 4 hours. OS Explorer Sheet 237: TG 252 076
Note: The walk around the two broads is a flat walk. At this time of year it can be cold so bring warm clothes and wear walking boots as parts of the walk will be wet underfoot. Telescopes will be very useful if you have one. Facilities at the meeting point include a visitor centre, toilets and a café
Distance: 3 miles
Description: This 35 acre Local Nature Reserve encompasses the Great and Little Broads up to the banks of the River Yare, Whitlingham Woods at the eastern end of the Park, the Picnic Meadow to the south of Whitlingham Lane, Trowse Meadow and Trowse Woods. The Park has an important role in conservation and biodiversity of the Yare Valley overall, providing connectivity to other habitats such as Thorpe Marshes and Strumpshaw to the east and Marston Marshes, UEA and Bowthorpe Marshes to the south west. The overall management aim is two-fold: to provide a mosaic of habitats which support Broadland wildlife of varying levels whilst also offering green space to local people, visitors from farther afield and schools for education and recreation. Certain parts of the Park are promoted for use by the public; other, more sensitive areas are restricted so that wildlife can remain undisturbed. In the winter Whitlingham is a haven for water birds including duck, geese, gulls, a few wader species such as Common and Jack Snipe, Mute Swans. Bittern sometimes overwinter here. The woodlands are good for tit and finch flocks, woodpeckers and many other passerine species.
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.