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 November 16th 2017

'The New Forest'

Geoff Lee will give an illustrated talk on the wildlife of the New Forest, an area exceptionally rich in wildlife.

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


NWT North Norfolk Group  meeting - Thursday December  14th 2017

'Norfolk's Orchids and their Pollinators'

Local naturalist and author of 'Bees of Norfolk', Nick Owens will give an  illustrated talk on the orchids of Norfolk and the fascinating story of how they are pollinated and by what.

Time:   7.30 pm - 9.00 pm
Venue: Cley Village Hall
Cost:    £2.00 NWT members, £3.00 non-members.  Refreshments included
            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

Catch the Spirit - Wednesday 18th October - Tuesday 31st October          

Inspired by nature -with a passion for texture- Susan Lambourne presents her mixed media quest to Catch the Spirit that is uniquely Norfolk.

Norfolk Nature - Wednesday 1st November - Tuesday 14th November   

An exhibition of stunning wildlife photography by Norfolk photographer Peter Mallett. Come and see Peter’s impressive display of Norfolk wildlife photographs.  The exhibition will include a range of merchandise from framed prints, and foam boards to mounted prints and magnets. The Perfect place to buy Christmas presents for your nature loving friends or family.

Wings in the wild - Wednesday 15th November - Tuesday 28th November         

Steve Cale has been a birdwatcher as long as he can remember & drawn & painted birds almost as long. Over time Steve has been able to study birds in their natural surroundings, doing what they do and has tried to capture this in his paintings.

Tidman Exposed - Wednesday 29th November - Tuesday 12th December         

A retrospective exhibition by award winning professional Wildlife Photographer Roger Tidman. Roger’s passion and fascination for photographing wildlife has taken him to every continent, from Norfolk’s waders to Emperor Penguins in the Antarctic; Eagles in the mountains to Bustards on the Plains. This is an exclusive collection of framed, mounted and canvas prints, greeting cards and a Norfolk Calendar for 2018. Christmas all wrapped up!

Reflections on Birds - Wednesday 13th December - Tuesday 9th January

Terry Palmer presents an exhibition of watercolour paintings of birds in their habitat that will give the onlooker the opportunity for reflection upon one’s own experiences with these birds. Allowing a feeling of closeness to the individual birds and their environment. 


Images from a Warming Planet - Thurs 19 October - Wed 16 November

Climate change photographer Ashley Cooper has always been passionate about the environment. This exhibition showcases his most recent work to capture the impact of global warming, on people, places and wildlife across the world. The exhibition had a powerful message and his accompanying book has been welcomed by leading environmental campaigners. Ashley will deliver a talk as part of a launch night on Wednesday 18 October.



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.

Nov:  Wednesday        1    Wednesday  15
Dec:  Wednesday        6

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.

Oct:   Friday   6 

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.

Oct:   Friday   27  
Nov:  Friday   24
Dec:  Friday     8

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.

Nov: Saturday 4  (Salthouse beach road)
Dec: Saturday  7  (Cley  beach car park)

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. 

Oct:   Sunday   22   
Nov:  Sunday   12
Dec:  Sunday   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.

Oct:  Tuesday 24
Nov: Tuesday 28
Time: 10.30 am – 1pm

Wildlife Walk

Discover the huge variety of wildlife living along the Cley to Salthouse living landscape. Take in reedbeds, grazing marsh, freshwater dykes and scrapes. Learn about the conservation practices involved in maintaining this fantastic habitat for wildlife.

Nov: Tuesday 14
Dec: Tuesday 12

Autumn Birds

Autumn is a good time of year for birdwatching with migratory birds arriving for the winter, those just stopping off on their long journeys and Cley’s residents species.

Oct:  Thursday   5      Friday   20

Winter Wildfowl and Waders

With winter approaching the reserve is becoming busy with many wildfowl and waders enjoying the rich pickings within the pools. Come and discover Cley’s winter bird population

Nov:  Thursday   9 
Dec:   Friday       1      Thursday     7 

Stroll in The Dark

A special chance to see the reserve in the light of the full moon and experience a different world rarely seen by visitors. Using your senses to guide you through the marsh and listening out for geese that make the North Norfolk coast a special place during winter.

Nov:   Saturday   4 
Dec:   Saturday    2 
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £6 NWT members, £8 non- members (price includes a warming soup in the visitor centre)

Ramble & Roast

The perfect Sunday. A guided stroll around the reserve taking in the sights and sounds of winter wildlife on the North Norfolk Coast. Then head back to the centre to warm back up with a home cooked Sunday roast and delicious pudding.

Nov:  Sunday    26 
Dec:  Sunday    17 
Time: 10.30am – 2pm
Cost: £17 NWT members, £20 non-members (price includes roast & pudding) 



These events need to be booked as places are limited. Please call the Visitor Centre on 01263 740008
Unless otherwise stated:
Times: 1.30am – 3.00pm
Cost:    £8 NWT members , £10 non-members (Price includes a light lunch)

Norfolk Bats - Thursday 9 November

Ecologist Phillip Parker will explore the lives of bats, where they can be found in Norfolk and what species live here. Philip will also talk about his recent project with Norfolk Wildlife Trust exploring bats in Churches within Norfolk.

From Midnight Sun to Norfolk Winter - Thursday 7 December

A little over 60 species of birds fly to the high Arctic to breed and return to spend the winter in Norfolk. During this talk Dave Horsley explores life in both extremes and explores why these birds make such a journey and how we know about their travels.



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Islander - Thursday 23 November

Patrick Barkham's new book,’ Islander’, is a journey to meet the human and non-human residents of the smaller British Isles. In this talk, he will journey from large islands to ever smaller islands in search of the essence of island life – and what lessons the periphery may have for us on the mainland.

Times: 7pm supper, 7.45pm talk
Cost: £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (price includes supper)

Norfolk’s Dark Skies - Thursday 7 December

Norfolk is one of the darkest counties in England, and the Norfolk Coast is especially good for observing the night sky.  Dark skies offer peacefulness and tranquillity and connect you more strongly with your senses and with nature. Norfolk Coast Partnership will talk to us about their Dark Skies project followed by an astronomy session outside on the terrace with Norfolk Astronomy Society.

Time: 7pm supper, 7.45pm talk, 8.45pm star gazing
Cost: £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (price includes supper)

Christmas Quiz - Friday 15 December

Join us for a fun, informal evening and test your knowledge of winter wildlife and festivities.

Time: Doors 6.30pm for light meals and licensed bar, Quiz starts 7.30pm
Cost: £2 per person (price for winning team)




Ferns And Their Allies - Saturday 11 November

Learn how to tell Lady-ferns from Male-ferns and Hard-ferns from Soft Shield-ferns with local expert Bob Ellis and National Trust Ranger Mary Ghullam.   We will be introduced to the unusual life cycle of the fern and learn how to identify different species both through examining specimens in the classroom and through exploring the ferns growing in Sheringham Park. This workshop is part of a partnership programme between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

Location:  NT Sheringham Park
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost:  £24
Booking essential:

Winter Birds - Saturday 25 November

This workshop will help you identify the key birds your likely to see in winter at Cley. 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.

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost:  £22 NWT members, £26 non-member
Booking essential: 01263 740008

Sound Recording - Saturday 9 December

Sound artist and field recorder Richard Fair explains the basics of recording wildlife sound. The workshop includes basic theory and practice of capturing birdsong and other wildlife sounds and environments. Includes a field trip to capture the sounds of Cley. All equipment supplied. This workshop is part of a partnership programme between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost:  £22 NWT members, £26 non-members
Booking essential: 01263 740008,


A Beginners’ Guide to Norfolk’s Birds

A series of six weekly workshops led by Moss Taylor, co-author of The Birds of Norfolk and The Norfolk Bird Atlas, who has been watching, recording and ringing birds in Norfolk for over 50 years. Each workshop will include a morning session in the Education Centre, followed by a walk around the reserve and hides after lunch. Each morning session will be divided into two halves, the first will cover a particular aspect of a bird’s life or birding in Norfolk, and the second will be devoted to an understanding and identification of a group of commoner Norfolk birds. By the end of the course the participants will have learnt about the life histories and identification of over 140 species that occur regularly in the county.

Tuesday 7 November
Part 1
- An introduction to the course; optical equipment; field guides, audio CDs & DVDs; principles of identification; understanding & choosing binoculars.
Part 2 - Wildfowl.

Tuesday 14 November
Part 1 - Evolution, classification, structure & flight.
Part 2 - Other waterbirds, raptors, game birds & crakes.

Tuesday 21 November
Part 1 - Feeding adaptations & strategies.
Part 2 - Waders, doves & cuckoo.

Tuesday 28 November
Part 1 - The breeding cycle.
Part 2 - Gulls, terns, owls, swift, woodpeckers, larks & pipits.

Tuesday 5 December
Part 1 - Survival & migration.
Part 2 - Thrushes, chats & warblers.

Tuesday 12 December
Part 1 - Societies, journals & books; Norfolk birding sites through the seasons.
Part 2 - Tits, crows, starlings, sparrows, finches & buntings.

Times: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Cost: Each event £16 NWT members, £19 non- members (or book on all 6 events for £80 NWT members, £105 non-members)
Booking essential for this event: 01263 740008



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Learn to Draw and Paint Birds - Thursday 23 & Friday 24 November

Join well known artist Steve Cale for this two-day course. Day one will focus on sketching birds, working up to watercolour painting of birds in their habitat by the end of day two.

Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: £70 members, £80 non members

Decorative Winter Wreaths - Friday 1 December

Celebrating the winter season, we will be making decorative wreaths out of natural materials found in Norfolk. A materials list will be emailed out before the course.

Time: 10.30am – 1pm
Cost: £8 NWT members, £10 non members


Booking advised: 01263 740008


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

Nov: Sunday 19 November 9am – 10.30am
Cost: £10 per session



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Discovering Autumn - Tuesday 24 October

A magical time of year to explore the reserve, with so much activity before the winter months. Discover the beautiful colours of reedbeds, the migrating birds overhead and the change of wildlife.

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

Capturing Cley - Wednesday 25 October

Explore and film exciting Autumn 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)

Bizarre Beasts - Saturday 28 October

Celebrate Halloween with all things bizarre and slightly scary. We will be dissecting owl pellets looking for bones, exploring the lives of bats and delving into the strange world of many other creatures. Crafts and activities all day in the education centre.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free.

Landscape Photograms - Thursday 26 October

Make your own photogram landscape picture responding to the beautiful Cley Nature Reserve using this marvellous, simple alternative photographic process. Use a combination of natural and found materials to create magical images directly onto photo paper and process them in our mini darkroom ! No previous experience necessary. All materials provided. Suitable for children over 8 years.  Also suitable for adults !

Time: 10.30am – 1.30p
Cost: £8 members & children, £10 non-members

Majestic Marsh Harriers - Saturday 11 November

We are lucky to live in a county where marsh harriers can be found.  The largest of the harriers is doing well but what has happened to this beautiful bird in the past?  Hear the marsh harrier’s history and get to know more about this majestic bird.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: Watch members £4, non-members £6 (1 accompanying adult free)

Christmas Crafty Creations - Saturday 9 December

We will be making lots of Christmas crafts including decorating winter wreaths out of natural materials and bird feeders.

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