The objects of this survey are: 1. To introduce NENBC members to the joys of seawatching; 2. To help NENBC members improve their skill at identifying birds in flight at sea; 3. To map the likely route of wildfowl, seabirds and waders as they fly around the coast; 4. To estimate the speed of flight of some of the species recorded; 5. To assess the effect of weather conditions and tide on the rate and timing of passage. Locations and leads are listed below. You may want to bring the following with you:
• A folding chair each, rather than standing for 3+ hours!
• If you have a telescope & tripod do bring them along, as well as your bins.
• A flask of hot drink and a snack may be a good idea.
• Waterproof and warm clothing if the weather looks inclement.
• Maybe an ID book.
Weybourne Camp (Lead: Moss Taylor) - Meet at Muckleburgh Collection entrance by the tank by 7:00am as the site of the sea-watch is on private land and visitors will need to be escorted in. For those arriving later, park at the council car park on the beach at Weybourne and walk along the beach to the left. The fishermen’s gate will be open and you can join the team on foot.
Sheringham (Lead: Peter Morrison) - Meet in the seating area on the top of the promenade shelter (the 'sea-watch shelter') at The Leas by 07:15am. We will then decide whether to watch from on top (if the weather is good) or from the shelter below (if the weather is poor).
West Runton (Lead: Nigel Redman) - Meet outside Seaview Café at 7:15am. The café overlooks the sea at the end of Water Lane, and there is a car park opposite, on the left (£3, but discount available to NENBC members!). If the car park is closed, please park sensibly in West Runton and walk down Water Lane to the meeting point. Postcode for the café is NR27 9QP.
Cromer (Lead: Tim Wright) - Meet at the Marrams Shelter on the cliff top from 7:15 am onwards. To find this go to the junction of Runton Road with Macdonald Road and take the paved path directly opposite the end of Macdonald Road (walking north towards the sea). The shelter is then right in front of you and only a few strides west of the top of the ‘Zig Zag’. It has various paintings of local scenes on it.
Mundesley - WE WILL NOT BE OPERATING FROM THIS SITE ON THIS OCCASION UNLESS ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO LEAD - PLEASE GET IN TOUCH ON email@example.com IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
Happisburgh (Lead: Andy Clarke) - Meet by 7:15am at the Beach Road Car Park. Postcode for sat nav is NR12 0PP. Parking approx £4.80 (thought we may still need old £1 coins but a local source says new ones now accepted), other free car parks minimum 20 min walk. Alternatively join us at any point at the sea watch location, reached by walking along the road northwards (left and then right out of the car park).