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


Joint meeting of NWT North Norfolk Group and Cley Bird Club  - Thursday February 15th 2018

'Desperately seeking Sylvia'

Renowned photographer Dave Cotteridge's story of photographing the birds for the 'Identification of Sylvia Warblers Project'.

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

NWT North Norfolk Group  meeting - Thursday March 22nd 2018

Ancient Woodlands in Norfolk

Landscape historian Prof. Tom Williamson (UEA) will help us to interpret aspects of our landscape.
The talk will be preceded by a short AGM.

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


Inspired by Norfolk - Wednesday 24 January – Tuesday 7 February

Local Landscape photographer, Paul Macro will be exhibiting a selection of images depicting the stunning scenery, big dramatic skies, and fiery sunsets of Norfolk, in particular the North Norfolk Coast. He will be leading a workshop in landscape photography on Saturday 27 January.

Seasons in Stitch - Wednesday 7 February – Tuesday 20 February

Genevieve Rudd is a Norfolk-based artist. She trained in art photography and works on fabrics using mixed-media approaches in her nature-inspired artwork. Genevieve explores seasons and time through textile art and cyanotype photography to capture a moment otherwise lost within nature's lifecycles. Genevieve will be running a cyanotype workshop on Thursday 15 February.

Magic of The Marsh - Wednesday 21 February - Tuesday 6 March

In this exhibition Dr Brian Edwards explores how Cley Marsh can be understood through freehand drawing and watercolour sketching. He aims to show the magic of the marsh and its conservation issues through his sketches. Brian will be running a sketching workshop on 1 & 3 March.

Nature Studies - Wednesday 7 March – Tuesday 20 March

Exhibition of artwork by local artist Julie Brooks. An eclectic selection of studies from nature in various media. Birds, flowers and landscapes, in paint, pencil and print.

Shetland to Salthouse - Wednesday 21 March – Tuesday 3 April

From the flatlands of Norfolk to the cliffs of Shetland. An array of wildlife images from award winning wildlife photographer and cameraman Josh Jaggard. Otters, Seals, Puffins, Gannets and many more... An abstract and creative view of wildlife in the UK.



Bird Photographer Of The Year - Thursday 1 February – Monday 16 April

This year Cley Marshes will be debuting the prestigious Bird photographer of The Year Exhibition. The exhibition showcases a range of stunning photographers from intentional and national photographer. The exhibition is split into seven categories Best Portrait,   Birds in the Environment, Attention to Detail, Bird Behaviour, Birds in Flight, Garden and Urban Birds and Creative Imagery.

Chris Packham, head judge on the panel of experts, said, “The standard of photography was extremely high and myself and the other judges were treated to some fantastic bird photographs, but congratulations must go to Alejandro Prieto Rojas for his sublime image of flamingos, an incredible balance of colour, composition and emotion.”


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.

Feb:   Wednesday         7     Wednesday  21
Mar:   Wednesday         7     Wednesday  21

Raptor roost

Just before sunset in the winter is a great time to observe raptors such as marsh harriers and barn owls as they soar over the reed beds. Observe these stunning creatures in their natural habitat and hear about how we look after the reserve for these beautiful birds.

Feb:  Thursday 8
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm

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.

Feb:   Friday   23
Mar :  Friday   23
Time: 10.30 am - 1 pm

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.

Feb: Saturday 3  (Salthouse Beach Road)
Mar: Saturday 3  (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. 

Feb: Sunday 25
Mar: Sunday 25

Birds & brunch

Sunday 14 January and Sunday 11 February  

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 habitats.

Jan:  Sunday 14
Feb: Sunday 11

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

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.

Feb:    Tuesday  27
Mar:    Tuesday  27
Time:  10.30 - 1 pm

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.

Feb: Tuesday 13

Iron road ramble

Explore the new land in this circular walk along Attenborough’s walk, up the iron road and back along the shingle ridge. This walk will help you to discover a new walking route in the Cley to Salthouse living landscape and take in the spectacular wildlife along the way.

Mar: Tues  13



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)

Wildlife gardening - Thursday 8 February

Simon Harrap runs nearby Natural Surroundings in Glandford whose mission is to promote wildlife friendly gardening, he has also written several wildlife plan books. In this talk Simon will explain various way of making your garden more wildlife friendly.

Inspiring the next generation - Thursday 1 March

Annabel Hill, Senior Education Officer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, will talk about our education work across the country with primary and secondary schools, university groups and family groups. Learn what the trust are doing to help inspire the next generation about the wonderful wildlife of Norfolk. 



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008 
Price includes supper

Jade Cuttle - Thursday 22 February

Jade Cuttle is a BBC Introducing poetic folk songwriter, who read literature at University of Cambridge. She has performed on BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms and has been commissioned for BBC podcasts celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary. In this event, she will be performing her poetic-folk work that draws inspiration from the humble-hearted wisdom and resilience of nature. Her debut album 'Leaves & Lovers' explores the fascinating similarities between trees and humans. Join us for supper in the education centre followed by a relaxing evening of poetic folk music.

Times: 7pm supper, 7.45pm talk
Cost: £12 NWT members, £15 non-members (price includes supper)

Flight Lines - Thursday 22 March

Mike Toms (BTO) and Harriet Mead (Society of Wildlife Artists) are here to talk about the ways in which art and science have come together to highlight the challenges that migrant birds face as they fly between the UK and their wintering areas in Africa. Expect stunning images and an engaging narrative from the BTO/SWLA Flight Lines project.

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



Waders workshop - Saturday 20 January

Waders are a tricky subject for many beginner birders; if you struggle identifying your wading birds this is the workshop for you. Let us help you identify the key birds you are likely to see 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. This workshop is part of a partnership programme between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

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

Mammal Tracks and signs  - Saturday 24 February

Mammals are secretive and are often difficult to observe in the field, however, they leave plentiful signs of their presence -   tracks, feeding signs and poo!  In this workshop we will look for and identify the tracks and signs of some common woodland mammals.   We will also check some of the trail cameras we have set up in the Park discuss the basic operation of these devices and where to site them to get good results.  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:  £17.50
Booking essential:

Coastal birds - Monday 5 March

This workshop will focus on birds that can be seen passing by and sometimes stopping along the Norfolk coast. We will help you to identify the key birds you are likely to see at Cley, beginning with an indoor session looking at key identification features and learning about their behaviour and ecology before heading down to the beach to sea watch.

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-member
Booking essential: 01263 740008

Adders - Saturday 24 March

Adders are our only species of venomous snake and their populations are declining.  Over the past few years, National Trust Rangers have been monitoring the adders at Sheringham Park and running public events to engage people with this beautiful, yet misunderstood reptile.  In this workshop we will introduce you to adder biology before setting off into the Park to check likely hibernation emergence sites.  With luck this will give us the rare chance to observe these charismatic snakes in the field. This workshop is part of a partnership programme between Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

Location: NT Sheringham Park
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Cost:  £17.50
Booking essential:

Creative Writing Outside Course: Winter - Tuesday 9 January - Tuesday 13 February

A new six week nature writing course led by local poet and creative writing teacher Jonathan Ward. Each week will include a walk and the opportunity to write outside in a different location within and around the Cley to Salthouse Living Landscape. Time will also be spent in the Education Centre looking at and creating poems and prose inspired by place, landscape, weather and the natural world.  At the end of the course, participants will be offered the chance to take part in an event including a reading and a display of a selection of their work in the Education Centre. Beginners and more experienced writers are both welcome.

Tuesday 9 January:    Introduction to the Winter Landscape:Pathways and vantage points.
Tuesday 16 January:  The North Sea in Winter: Cley Beach.
Tuesday 23 January:  Weybourne Cliffs and the Coastguard Cottages.
Tuesday 30 January:  Winter Woods.
Tuesday 6 February:  Salthouse.
Tuesday 13 February:The Blakeney to Cley Path.

(Note: The sequence of events and the balance of time spent writing out/indoors may vary slightly according to the winter weather conditions.)

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-members, or book all six events for £85 NWT members, £105 non-members.
Booking essential: 01263 740008



Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Living landscape photography - Saturday 27th January

Norfolk is full of unspoiled beaches, natural landscapes and beautiful wide skies. In this workshop Norfolk landscape photographer Paul Macro will guide you through how to best capture the stunning natural landscape around us.

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-members

Creating a winter scene- Saturday 10 February

In this textiles workshop led by Sally Holman, start to make a fabric picture inspired by the Winter landscape, using a variety of techniques including piecing, embroidery, quilting & applique. A pattern will be supplied for you to use with your own fabrics and a requirements list will be available nearer the time. The project can be hand sewn but some work can be done by machine if you prefer.

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

Nature cyanotypes workshop - Thursday 15 February

Join artist Genevieve Rudd in exploring the art of cyanotype photography. Taking inspiration from the natural environment around Cley, you'll print and develop your own blue photographic print to take home. Learn about the background and history of this exciting technique from the 1800s. All ages welcome and children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-members

Discovery Cley Marsh through drawing - Saturday 3 March

Dr Brian Edwards is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at ECA, Edinburgh University, the author of 'Understanding Architecture through Drawing' whose chapter on landscape forms the basis for the two workshops. The aim is to better appreciate the magic of the marsh and its conservation issues through on location sketching using the hides and visitor centre as a studio base.

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-members

Spring wildlife photography - Saturday 24 March

Josh Jaggard is a Norfolk based wildlife photographer and has produced several short wildlife films including Saving Species regularly show in the education centre at Cley. As part of his exhibition in the gallery Josh will be leading this workshop in wildlife photography. As well as running through his top tips and techniques you will head out onto the reserve to practice photographing animals in the wild.

Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-members



Yoga for Health

Start the new year with a healthy body and healthy mind. Local yoga teacher Eva Edwards will help you relax at the end of the day with yoga in the Aspinall Education Centre at Cley.

Feb:  Monday 5
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Cost: £8 per session or book on the five-week course £35
Booking advised: 01263 740008


Booking essential for these events: 01263 740008

Brilliant birds - Monday 12 – Sunday 18 February

To coincide with national nest box week, throughout half term we will be celebrating the feathered creatures that make Cley such a special place. All week there will be free crafts and activities in our education centre inspired by the brilliant birds here in Norfolk.

Bird art - Monday 12 February

Get crafty and creative here at Cley and create your own bird art piece using natural materials found on the reserve.

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

Bird boxes - Wednesday 14 February

Encourage birds into your garden by making your own bird food concoction and creating your own wooden bird box. We will also play some games to help you identify garden birds. 

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