CURRENTLY ON HOLD. IF THE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES CHANGE BEFORE THE DATE OF THE WALK WE WILL LET YOU KNOW BUT AS IT STANDS AT THE MOMENT WE CANNOT RUN OUR WALKS PROGRAMME. PLEASE BEAR WITH US AND WE WILL GET GOING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Overstrand and Trimingham Walk
Saturday 20 February 2021
9.30am – 1.30pm
Meet at 9.30am. Road park on the south east side of Overstrand either on Coast Road or Grange Avenue and meet at the junction of Coast Road and Mundesley Road NR27 0NQ. OS ODL Sheet 252 TG253403. There are no facilities available at the start of the walk but there are toilets at the Village Car Park in the village. The end time of the walk will be at approximately 1.30pm
The cliffs between Overstrand and Trimingham are spectacular with lots of cliff erosion and slumps providing a large area of undercliff habitat. Viewing from the top of the cliffs gives a good perspective for scanning the beach below and for sea watching. On the cliff top the habitat ranges from gardens in Overstrand to arable fields and small pockets of deciduous woodland and shrubs. At this time of year the crops in the fields range from sugar beet, autumn planted oil seed rape, winter barley and the headlands are weeds. This is a linear walk to Trimingham and back along the cliffs which allows us to bird in a variety of habits including a magnificent stretch of coast, several patches of deciduous woodland, small ponds, hedges and arable fields. In February this area is good for over wintering passerines such as finches and buntings. A Lapland Bunting amongst the commoner fiches is possible. We will spend some time sea watching where we may hope to see Cormorants, Greater Black Backed, Black Headed and Common Gulls on the groynes, on the sea and on the beach. A Glaucous or Iceland Gull could be with the commoner species and shore birds may include Turnstones, Dunlin or Sanderling. Overhead we may have Peregrines, Kestrel, Buzzards, Common Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws.
Please respect social distancing on the walk. Binoculars are essential to gain full enjoyment from your birding. The leader will carry a telescope on most walks but for personal use only. If you would like to use a telescope during the walk please bring your own along, they can be very useful. Stout footwear is recommended as paths may be slippery or muddy particularly after rain. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry no dogs except guide dogs.