Norfolk Wildlife Trust Activities and Events

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the North Norfolk local group run various walks and events in the area. 

For events organised by the NWT in other areas of Norfolk, view the  NWT Website.

NWT North Norfolk Group -  Activities and Talks

Celebrating Richard Richardson (1922 – 1977)

Two events are being held to celebrate the life of well known local ornithologist and artist  Richard Richardson:

The first is on  Sunday October 8th where Tom Green will lead  a memorial walk to the Richardson Hide on Cley Marshes Reserve from 2.00 – 4.30. A toast will be raised to Richard, with wine  sponsored by Mark Lynton. This will be followed by an optional walk back through the Cley reserve to Richard’s grave at Cley Church. 

Directions:  * Please note time and meeting place
Meet at the NWT Visitor Centre at 2.00 pm. where you can park.  Allow 15 minutes to walk to the East Bank. There is no charge but donations will be welcome.

The second event is on Tuesday October 10th  in Cley Village Hall  7.30 – 9.30 where Moss Taylor will speak on Richard’s life. There will also be an exhibition of Richard’s paintings, memorabilia and recordings.  Tickets £5.00 at the door, including refreshments.

This event is being organised by the  North Norfolk Group of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust,  in association with Cley Bird Club and the North East Norfolk Bird Club.  

NWT North Norfolk Group  meeting - Thursday October 19th 2017

'The Aliens are Coming'

An illustrated talk by Tim Blackburn about alien birds, where they come from, why they arrive and what determines how successful they are.

Time:   7.30 pm - 9.00 pm
Venue: Cley Village Hall
Cost:    £2.00 NWT members, £3.00 non-members.  Refreshments icluded
            No need to book, just come along.

Events at Cley Marshes



Free entry to all the  exhibitions in the Gallery, open daily 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Down to the Sea Again - Wednesday 26 July – Tuesday 8 August

The combination of beach, sea and sky seem to captivate our spirit making us return again and again to our favourite place in all seasons and ever changing weather, working a magical hold on our senses, enticing us to go down to the sea again to create happy and enduring memories of endless days on glorious beaches. This exhibition features a stunning collection of new work by local artist Caroline Richmond, featuring the glorious coastline of North Norfolk, captured in oil and acrylic on canvas and board.

The Art of Nature Photography - Wed 9 August – Tues 22 August

An exhibition of fine art nature images by award winning local photographer Paul Richards DPAGB, AWPF. Paul is passionate about our countryside and its native wildlife and has spent much of his life working in nature conservation as a countryside manager. Capturing simple images of nature in an artistic way is a key element of his work. Paul will also be running a workshop on the principles of good nature photography.

Flowerburst! - Wednesday 23 August – Tuesday 5 September  

An exhibition by Helen Mc Connell of vibrant abstract prints, collages and original works made with pressed flowers leaves and grasses. Helen will have a collection of exclusive prints using reeds, plants and wild flowers inspired by the beauty found in the Marshes along the North Norfolk coast.  

Creating  a Scene In Stitch - Wed 6 September – Tues 19 September

A selection of textile pictures by Sally Holman inspired by the beauty of the North Norfolk Coast. Using her own special techniques of combining different fabrics and stitches, each picture is a unique piece of work that celebrates the wonderful landscape and coastal views of this county.

Land, Sea, & Skyscapes - Wednesday 20 September – Tuesday 3 October

A photographic exhibition of North Norfolk, East Anglia and Beyond by local photographer Paul Burnham who specialises in black and white photography. 



These events need to be booked as places are limited. Please call the Visitor Centre on 01263 740008
Unless otherwise stated:
Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost:    £3.50 NWT members and children, £5.00 non-members

Walk with the Warden 

Bernard Bishop has been the warden for more than forty years and is the third generation of his family to work at Cley Marshes. Hear about the history of Cley, how the reserve has changed over time and what life is like as a warden on a coastal nature reserve. Suitable for al walking abilities.

Aug:  Wednesday      2   Wednesday   16 
Sep:  Wednesday      6    Wednesday  20

Walsey Wander

Discover the huge variety of wildlife and habitats in the Cley to Salthouse living landscape. This walk starts at the visitor centre and heads East, up and along Walsey Hills - offering spectacular views across the marshes - before heading down to Babcock hide and back along the Attenborough Way.

Jul:    Tuesday  1  


Join us as we open our moth traps and be amazed by the variety, beauty and extraordinary markings of the moths that live on the reserve.

Time: 10.15 am
Jul:    Thursday  13  

Circuit of Cley 

A  guided circuit walk around the reserve and along the shingle ridge taking in the wildlife and habitats of the North Norfolk coast along the way. The walk is approx. 2.5 miles.

Sep:  Friday   1   Friday  29

Beach Clean - First Saturday of the month - Free event 

Help us to clean up our shore to benefit coastal wildlife. There is always lots of exciting wildlife and mysterious marine objects to be found on the shore too.  In the event of adverse weather  please contact the visitor centre in advance to check for cancellations. All equipment provided.

Aug: Saturday  5  (Cley  beach car park)
Sep: Saturday  2  (Salthouse beach road)

Time: 10.30 am - 12 noon

Birds of Cley

If you are new to birdwatching and want to learn more about the birds that visit Cley, no matter what your age, join us for a walk onto the reserve with the chance to see  marsh harriers, avocets, little egrets  and many more.  Binoculars can be provided. 

Aug: Sunday   13   Sunday  27
Sep: Sunday   10

Coastal Birds and Breakfast - Monday 31 July

As part of National Marine Week experience the beach and reserve at this peaceful time of day with a guided walk along the coast followed by a continental breakfast on the terrace, which has spectacular views across the reserve.

Time: 8am – 10am
Cost:  £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (price includes breakfast)

Walk the Attenborough Way

Walk along the new footpath opened by Sir David Attenborough and discover the huge variety of wildlife along the way. The walk takes in reedbeds, grazing marsh, freshwater dykes and scrapes. NWT staff will describe the work involved in maintaining this fantastic habitat for wildlife.

Aug: Tuesday  8
Sep: Tuesday 12
Oct: Tuesday 10


Guided Walk of The New Land

Meet our new warden for a guided walk onto our newly acquired land east of the East Bank. See conservation in action and learn about our plans for the future of this vital site.

Aug: Tuesday 22
Sep: Tuesday 26

Time: 10.30 am – 1pm

Birds & Brunch

A relaxed morning of bird watching on the reserve followed by a delicious brunch in the visitor centre. A great morning for those who want to learn more about birds and their habitat.

Sep:   Sunday  24
Time: 9.30 – 11.30am
Cost: £12 NWT members, £15 non-members (price includes brunch)

Birds and Breakfast

Experience the reserve at this peaceful time of day with a guided walk onto the marsh followed by a continental breakfast on the terrace, which has spectacular views across the reserve.

Aug:  Thursday  10    Friday   25
Time: 8am – 10am
Cost:  £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (price includes breakfast)

Evening Stroll & BBQ 

An evening exploration of the reserve followed by a barbecue on the terrace, which offers fantastic views across the marsh.

Aug:  Thursday  17    Thursday  31
Sep:   Thursday   7  
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (includes price of BBQ)


Bird Therapy  - Thursday 14 September

Joe Harkness aka ‘Bird Therapy’  will talk about the therapeutic benefits of bird watching and share his experiences of how bird watching and being outdoors has helped him.  

Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Cost: £8 NWT members, £10 non-members (price includes a light lunch)
Booking essential: 01263 740008



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Seashore Wildlife - Saturday 12th August

The chalk reefs at Sheringham are one of the UK’s marine biodiversity hot-spots.  Rob Spray and Dawn Watson have pioneered diving on the reef and will lead a classroom session focusing on the crustaceans, molluscs and fish that can be found around the Norfolk coast.  We will then head down to the shore at low tide for some ‘rock pooling’.  This workshop is part of a partnership programme between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

Location:  NT Sheringham Park
Time: 14:30 – 17:30
Cost:  £17
Booking essential:

Dragonflies and Damselflies - Thursday 24 August

Pam Taylor from the British Dragonfly Society will lead this detailed workshop on dragonflies and damselflies of Norfolk including an illustrated presentation and a field trip to a site within the Cley and Salthouse living landscape.

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: £22 NWT members, £26 non-members

Autumn Birds - Saturday 9 September

This workshop will help you identify migrant birds that visit Cley in autumn as well as those waders and wildfowl around at this time of year. We will begin with an indoor session looking at key identification features, and learning about their behaviour and ecology before heading out into the reserve. This workshop is part of a partnership programme between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

Location:  NWT Cley Marshes
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost:  £22 NWT members, £26 non-members



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Workshop- The A-Z of wildlife photography - Saturday 12 August

Award winning local photographer Paul Richards leads this workshop designed to pass on his experience in his search to take better pictures of nature on the doorstep. The workshop will start with a short illustrated presentation running through the A-Z of nature photography. The rest of the day will involve putting the principles into practice by going out and about to find and photograph local wildlife. Be prepared to get down and dirty facing your subject matter at eye level. Zoom or telephoto lenses with close-up facility will be useful.

Times: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: £22 NWT members, £26 non-members

‘Ebb & Flow’ Mini-Wall Hanging - Friday 15 September

Sally Holman leads this workshop designed to create a small quilt piece inspired by water in the landscape.  This project is based on the simple technique of Log Cabin but using the ‘Thick & Thin’ version to create the illusion of curves. The challenging part of the project is the use of colour to create the feel of the ebb & flow of water. This can be related to sand and sea or river and riverbank or indeed river and a scrape.

Time: 10.30am – 3pm
Cost: £22 NWT members, £26 non-members 


Booking advised: 01263 740008

Summer Yoga - Tuesday 29 August

Local yoga teacher Eva Edwards will help you relax  with a yoga session in the Aspinall Education Centre at Cley. A great way to relax after a bank holiday weekend with a positive mind and body.

Time: 8.30am – 10am
Cost: £8 per session

Summer Evening Meditation - Tuesday 12 September

Join local teacher in mindfulness, Susanna Alyce, for a session in meditation and mindfulness. What a perfect way to end the day.

Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Cost: £10



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Coastal Creations  - Thursday 27 July and Friday 25 August

As part of National Marine Week we will be searching through the strandline for natural treasures washed in by the sea. Using natural materials on the beach we’ll create beach art inspired by the coast.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4.00 (accompanying adults free)

Sea Dipping - Wednesday 2 August

This National Marine Week discover the huge variety of tiny animals (plankton) that live in the sea, and learn why these tiny and fascinating creatures are so important. Meet on Cley beach to have a go at sea dipping and then head back to our education centre to look under the microscope at these tiny creatures.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £3.00 (accompanying adults free)

Signs of Summer - Wednesday 9 August

The reserve is alive with wildlife in the summer, with birds singing, butterflies fluttering, fish swimming and colourful flowers on display. Join us searching for summer wildlife on the reserve.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4 children (accompanying adult free)

Crafty Creations - Friday 11 August

We will be looking out for wildlife, collecting natural materials and creating masterpieces inspired by nature on our reserve.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4 children (accompanying adult free)

Magical Moths - Thursday 17 August & Thursday 31 August

Learn about the fascinating lives and behaviours of moths. You will have the rare opportunity to see these incredible night flyers up close as we open our moth traps from the previous night.

Times: 10.15am – 11.30am
Cost: £3 children (accompanying adult free)

Capturing Cley  - Saturday 19 August

Explore and film exciting coastal wildlife at Cley using handheld cameras. Then watch your films on the big screen in our education centre. All equipment provided.

Time: 10.30am – 1pm
Cost: £4 children (accompanying adult free)

Bug Bonanza - Monday 21 August

We will forage among the foliage, searching and sweeping for any minibeasts which may be waiting. We’ll be there with our bits and bobs to catch any bug or beast for a closer inspection.

Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4.00 (accompanying adults free)

Pond Dipping - Wednesday 23 August & Monday 28 August

Join us at our custom built platform and learn about the wonderful wildlife that can be found in ponds and dykes. We will help you tell your boatman from your beetle larvae.

Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: £4.00 (accompanying adults free)



Marine Mayhem - Saturday 5 August

Free crafts and activities all day at the centre exploring the crazy underwater world and the animals that live in the deep blue sea. Including strandline scavenge and coastal creations events at the beach. See website for more details:

Time: 11am – 4pm
Cost: Crafts free. Beach activities £3 per child

Pimms, Pizza & Poetry - Saturday 5 August

A relaxing evening of poetry and prose readings inspired by our stunning coastline, its landscape wildlife and culture. Poetry readings from Kevin Crossley Holland, Matthew Howard, Jonathan Ward, Joanna Guthrie and Martin Figura.

Time: 6.30pm doors & food. Readings from 7.30pm
Cost: £8 members, £10 non- members (Price includes one glass of Pimms & canapes. Pizza, additional food & drink available at an extra cost)

Norfolk Girl  - Sunday 6 August

The Norfolk Girl is a chapter from the children's book The Mystery of Mystery Mist by local author Karen Crane. In this in interactive puppet performance families will have the chance to bring the story alive and recreate a stormy evening at sea in their own fishing boat.

Time:  11am - 12.30pm or 2.30-pm - 4pm
Cost: £4 children, adults free

Underwater exhibition - Thursday 3 August – Monday 7th August

Throughout the festival there will be a stunning photograph exhibition in the education centre. Paul Sterry and Andrew Cleaves images bring to life the amazing creatures that live in our seas. Come and be transported to a world beneath the waves.