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England, Norfolk


Situated on the south bank of the River Yare and just upriver from Strumpshaw Fen this reserve contains marshland with shallow pools and dykes, reedbeds and dense scrub of alder and willow. The birds are similar to those at Strumpshaw.


Notable Species

Breeding species include Bearded Tit and Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler in the reeds and Cetti's Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler in the scrub.

The open water has Moorhen and Eurasian Coot, Gadwall and Mallard and sometimes Northern Shoveler and Common Pochard.

Little Ringed Plover and Common Tern breed and passage periods bring Green Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper to the pools. Hen Harrier, Common Kingfisher and Tufted Duck are present in winter.


Birds you can see here include:

Little Grebe, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Western Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Common Kestrel, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Common Snipe, Common Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Kingfisher, Water Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Reed Warbler, Bearded Tit

Other Wildlife

Noctule Bat and Daubenton's Bat both occur on the reserve.

Plants include Frogbit, Amphibious Bistort, Bog Bean and Water Soldier in the pools and dykes and Purple Loosestrife and Marsh Orchids in the surrounding area.

Site Information

History and Use

To do

Areas of Interest

To do

Access and Facilities

The village of Surlingham lies off the A146 Norwich to Lowestoft road and parking for the reserve is beside Surlingham Church.

The reserve has marked trails, reed screens and a hide overlooking the marsh and pools.

Grid Ref: TG304066

Contact Details

Tel: 01603 715191 (RSPB)

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Content and images originally posted by Steve