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Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Bewick House, 22 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY, United Kingdom

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Tel 01603 625540

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About Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the oldest Wildlife Trust in the country. The purchase of 400 acres of marsh at Cley on the north Norfolk coast in 1926 to be held ‘in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary’ provided a blue print for nature conservation which has now been replicated across the UK.

NWT has come a long way in 81 years. From humble beginnings we now care for 40 nature reserves and other protected sites, have over 34,000 members, over 100 corporate members and eight thriving local members groups. We provide conservation advice to a wide variety of organisations and individuals, and provide education services for over 5,000 young people on school and university field trips each year. The trusts nature reserves encompass wetland, heathland, woodland, shingle and sand-dune coastal habitats. Within this range is an enormous variety of plant, bird, mammal and invertebrate species.


NWT Ranworth Broad is a popular destination for both families and naturalists. Interpreted boardwalks explore its ecology, and the floating visitor centre has hands-on learning activities. Watch the antics of the wildfowl on the water or spot the sunken wherries around the Broad’s edge. Boat trips available during summer season; call 01603 270479 for details. Open daily, visitor centre April to October, 10am-5pm.

NWT Hickling Broad is the largest Norfolk Broad and harbours a spectacular variety of plants and animals. There are gentle walks under wide skies for the casual visitor or fascinating study for those interested in swallowtail butterflies, bitterns, cranes, marsh harriers and other rare Broadland wildlife. The Water Trail takes you by boat through the quiet backwaters with breathtaking views of the Broads. It runs Spring till September weather permitting (additional charge). Booking is recommended on 01692 598276. Open daily, visitor centre April to September, 10am-5pm.


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