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Can you, or have you written, an article related to local wildlife or conservation which you think would be of interest to other members of the CBC?  If so, please submit it giving a short summary which will be shown, together with your name, on this page and attach the document to an email to the web administrator 

Changes in numbers of ducks and waders in the Cley Square

by David Wileman

This article, first loaded in 2013, has now been updated to include 2017.  It shows how the numbers of ducks and waders counted on the local WeBS counts change through the year and have changed over the years since 2000. 

To download click Changes in numbers of ducks and waders 2000-2017  

Check List of the Plants of Blakeney Point

by Richard Porter  (August 2017)

Since producing the ‘Atlas’ of the plants of Blakeney Point, Richard Porter has maintained a checklist of species that have been recorded since records were first kept. The latest version can be downloaded below (and the ‘Atlas’ below that). To date the list stands at 301 and Richard is always keen to learn of any new species, so if you have made an interesting discovery please contact him:

Click here to download the latest plant checklist.

An Atlas of the plants of Blakeney Point

by Richard Porter - March 2013

Richard Porter has over the course of several years accurately recorded the plants of Blakeney Point. This is a truly remarkable piece of work which he is kindly sharing with visitors to this site. Please click the following link to enjoy the result of his labours:

Atlas of the plants of Blakeney Point 2013

Little Egret Roost Count September 2016 -updated 6 October

In addition to standard WeBS counts, a coordinated count of all Little Egret roosts along the North Norfolk Coast was carried out on the evening of Sept 24th, data has shown that WeBS normally significantly under counts the numbers using the coast, previous counts have shown the best way to monitor this population is by a series of roost counts, the most recent of which was carried out by John Williamson in 2015.

A late submission from Old Hunstanton Park also made on 24th September, now takes the total to 524, considerably more than anticipated and substantially more than is normally counted by a standard WeBS count. To see the details click here.

Neil Lawton who organised this count is keen to receive details of other roosts around the county, with the view of trying to organise a coordinated county wide count next September, when numbers are at there highest. 

Please email details of any roosts to or

Wheatears have returned to breed at Weybourne

This welcome news is elaborated upon in an article by Moss Taylor. It can be read by clicking here.

Stonechat Colour-Ringing Project - Kelling Heath

by Noel Elms

This report explains the purpose of the author in undertaking a project to colour ring Stonechats breeding on Kelling Heath, details the number of Stonechats ringed during 2009 to 2012 inclusive and gives the author's conclusions after attempting to identify the adults trapped to sub-species level.  Click here to download.

'Legal Eagle' Articles

Three articles from the RSPB's wildlife crime magazine have been placed on the site following a fascinating recent talk to CBC members on the subject. Click the articles below to read them:

Government misses a chance to turn up the heat on wildlife criminals

Not PC!

Prosecution of well-known egg collector: Michael Gonshaw

A Cautionary Tale  

by Noel Elms

An interesting example of what can happen if you don't watch where you are walking!   Worth everyone reading.  Click here to read it.

Stonechat Site Fidelity

by Noel Elms

A short article about another interesting fact Noel has discovered from his ringing program.  To read this please click here

A Cley Bird Club website poem

by Martin Woodcock

Martin has kindly submitted a poem about a visit he made to a rarity on Blakeney Point. It'll make you smile! Please click here to read it.

Grey Seals on Blakeney Point

by Chris Wheeler

Following the publicity and interest that has been engendered by the breeding Grey Seals at Blakeney Point this winter I thought it would be interesting to find out more about what is happening. So I have included the following article which will be appearing in the March Glaven Valley Newsletter.  To download this article click here

An exceptional arrival of thrushes on the east coast in October 2012

by Richard Porter for 'British Birds' magazine

An amazing number of thrushes arrived on the east coast on October the 22nd 2012. To download this article click here.

Dartford Warblers on Kelling Heath

by Noel Elms

A licensed ringer and a licensed photographer share information and pictures of nesting Dartford Warblers

To download click Dartford Warblers on Kelling Heath

Conservation knows no boundaries

by Richard Porter

This fascinating article  appeared in The Guardian and details how Nature Iraq is contributing towards the cost of aquiring Pope's Marsh

To download click Conservation knows no boundaries

Memories of Cley in the 60s and 70s

by Noel Elms

To download click Memories of Cley

European Stonechats Breeding at Cley and Salthouse in 2012

by Noel Elms

This report details the successful breeding by single pairs of European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola, at Arnold’s Marsh, Cley and Gramborough Hill, Salthouse in 2012 and details the colour-rings used

To download click Stonechats at Cley.