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.
Hickling Rush Hill Scrape, Weavers Way and Potter Heigham
Sunday 16 May 2021
9.00am – 1.00pm
Meet: Potter Heigham Village Hall Car Park, School Road, Potter Heigham NR29 5LW OS Explorer Sheet OL40 TG 412195. Please be prepared to make a small donation to the village hall funds for car parking. There are no facilities.
We will use field edge paths from the Village Hall to intercept The Weavers Way Footpath which runs along the edge of Hickling Broad. We will walk eastwards along the Board scanning the reedbeds on our left and the deciduous woodlands on our right. This is a great time of year to listen and see reedbed specialities such as Bittern, Grasshopper Warblers, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Reed Buntings and Bearded Tits. Sometimes a Savi's Warbler takes up residence too. Cetti's Warblers will hopefully be heard and maybe seen. A hide overlooks Rush Hill Scrape where there are moored tern rafts for Common Terns to breed and in May sometimes something rarer, like an Arctic or Black Tern, may be resting. Marsh Harriers, Buzzards and Kestrels will be overhead. The woodlands are good for tit flocks and other passerines. Our walk will take us to the edge of the new Potter Heigham Reserve before we take a path back though the woodlands to Potter Heigham Church and then through the village to the cars. This walk will be about 5 miles. There are no facilities en route so bring drink, food and adequate clothing to be self-sufficient.
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.