Dilham Canal & Pigney’s Wood Walk with Janice Darch
Saturday 11th April
9:00am to 1:00pm

Meeting Point: Meet at Ebridge Mill, Happisburgh Road, near North Walsham, NR28 9NH, Explorer Sheet 252: TG 310296
Note: Walking boots will be needed for the paths. There are no facilities on site.
Distance: Approximately 4 miles

Description: We will start off this walk by viewing the river and pond at the mill. Recently Ebridge Mill race hosted a Black Bellied Dipper, the second one at the site. Kingfisher is often here too. The pond may have Mute Swan and Egyptian Geese. We will walk along the Dilham Canal where we can expect to see wildfowl such as Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Gadwall and Little Egrets may be on the wet edges. Cormorants are sometimes seen here too. We can expect the reedbeds to have Sedge and Reed Warblers while the old railway line at the north of the site is good for Bullfinch, Chaffinch and other passerines. We will explore the 23.5 hectare Pigney's Wood, which became a Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve in 2017. Prior to that it had been purchased in 1993 by the North Norfolk Community Woodland Trust (NNCWT, a community based conservation charity) and it was managed by them for the past 24 years. NNCWT successfully reverted the site from arable land to woodland by planting over 20,000 trees of 40 different species during this time restoring important wetland area. The site has a number of special wildlife features including an impressive 450-year-old ancient oak tree ‘the Old Oak’ which is next to a small woodland area which boasts a carpet of bluebells in spring. Pigney’s Wood provides an important wildlife refuge for many birds such as the Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Cetti’s Warbler. Occasionally rarer visitors have been recorded such as a Camberwell Beauty butterfly in November 2011 and a Bittern in March 2013.

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.