Winter Birdwatching Tours – 2023-24

Winter is a great time for birdwatching in Norfolk. Large numbers of birds come here to spend the winter, including wildfowl, waders, birds of prey and owls. This is the season when we have our most spectacular gatherings of wildfowl.

Our featured birdwatching tours for Winter 2023-24 are as follows:

As usual, a wide variety of additional dates are available, both for guided group tours and private customised birding days. Group tours will operate on most weekends through the winter, and additional single weekday tours may also be available, subject to availability and demand.

We also offer the flexibility to pick only a single day, or choose shorter weekend or weekday bird watching breaks from within the longer tours. Please check the itinerary for precise tour destinations and contact us for more details.

Winter Birds

Winter is the time of year to see large flocks of wildfowl and waders in Norfolk. The gatherings of Pink-footed Geese are particularly stunning – watch their spectacular flights to and from their roosting sites at dawn and dusk. This is also the best time of year to see some of our more secretive resident birds. The resident population of Cranes in the Norfolk Broads can be seen feeding in the fields or coming in to roost in the reeds at dusk.

Common Crane – Norfolk, March 2017 ©The Bird ID Company Common Crane – Norfolk, March 2017 ©The Bird ID Company

Many raptors also gather here for the winter, Hen Harriers, Merlins and impressive winter roosts of Marsh Harriers all escaping the cold weather further north. Most winters we have one or two Rough-legged Buzzards, rare visitors to the UK from Scandinavia. Short-eared Owls also come here over the North Sea, sometimes in considerable numbers. From the turn of the year, Goshawks can be seen displaying over the forest on clear days.

We offer a variety of tours through the winter to see all these different birds:

The precise location of the individual tours varies through the winter. Wildfowl numbers peak through December and January. Woodland birds become more visible as they start to display in the New Year. Please see the itinerary for more details of dates and destinations.

Tour Details & Prices

The Three Day Tours run from Friday morning through to late Sunday afternoon with accommodation from Thursday evening. This includes 3 nights B&B accommodation, all transport during tour days to and from your base, guiding and packed lunches.

Our basic prices are detailed below.

Day Tours £60 per person per day includes all guiding and transport on the day from a convenient meeting point.
2 Days / Weekend from £230/295 per person single/double includes 2 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
3 Days from £335/435 per person single/double includes 3 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.
4 Days from £440/570 per person single/double includes 4 nights accommodation based on Bed and Breakfast, all guiding, transport & packed lunch.

As all accommodation is booked to order, final pricing will depend on the availability of rooms at the time of booking, and a single supplement may be payable. All tours are also available without accommodation, and it is very easy to add extra nights if required. Please contact us for a quotation.

Prices are based on a minimum of two customers booked per tour. If there is only a single customer booked, pricing may have to vary by negotiation.

We typically base these tours in Wells or Hindolveston, depending on the destination of the tours. We generally use a couple of small friendly Bed & Breakfasts. However, we can arrange alternative accommodation to suit your requirements and budget, if required.

To book a tour please select your preferred date from the tours on these pages or the itinerary. It is advisable then to contact us first to discuss availability. You will then be required to return a completed booking form to us at the address shown. For guidance please refer to the booking page.

T: 01263 861 892
M: 07785 534734

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