Weeting Heath: The forest walk and the stone curlews

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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A few weeks ago we made a beeline for Weeting Heath with the intention of taking a wander through the nature reserve in the sunshine. What I hadn't banked on was that they have an entrance fee (unlike the rest of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust sites we've visited to date) which the nice chap explained to me went towards maintaining the environment for the stone curlews. As I'm not a birdwatcher, nor bird conservation fanatic I was not all that impressed (I just wanted a walk) but coughed up nevertheless before proceeding.

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The first thing I would say about trying to spot a stone curlew on miles of flat grassland is that you will need powerful binoculars and a powerful zoom lens on your camera. I had considered our big lens to be pretty good but it was laughably useless looking over the plains. We did spot a couple of birds which turned out to be a lapwing and this cheerful little chap (pictures of him taken by Chris, while he hogged 'our' camera).

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There are three hides; East, West and the third being overlooking a pond (turned out to be the smallest pond known to humankind). We did spot a snake just slithering out of view by the pond but I wasn't quick enough with the camera which wasn't helped by the fact that Chris has turned it off without telling me. There were a few little birds visiting the bird feeders and a rodent of some kind foraging underneath.

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I don't know how long we spent keeping our beady eyes peeled in the two hides we went into but including our forest walk we were at Weeting Heath around three and a half hours.

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The forest walk itself was quite lovely and thankfully not busy, there were markers to show you where to go (always a plus in my book). It was quiet and sunny, we got an opportunity to take some outfit pictures of my boho summer look and I snapped a few flutterbies too.

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Have a lovely summer, wont you.

Sophie

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10 comments

  1. These photos are just incredible Sophie!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  2. Loving the insect shots. I can never catch a butterfly for a good photo. I run around like a crazy woman and never quite catch it with its wings open. It must look very funny to anyone watching.

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  3. You have a lovely summer too!

    Do you take Lincoln on your walks or is it easier without him. If chris holds his lead, you can have the camera.

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  4. Your photography is absolutely beautiful! Looks like you had a lovely time

    Steph xx
    Lay It Bare

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  5. These are amazing photographs <3

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  6. These are just beautiful!x

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  7. The photos are beautiful especially the butterfly ones. I would've sprinted out of there if I saw a snake!

    Raise The Waves

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  8. Amazing photos again Sophie.

    X x

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  9. love all the bird close ups, I've just got a feeder for my garden and we have a huge nest in one of our trees, hoping to see more birds when they figure out there's free food x

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  10. What beautiful close ups of the birds! It looks like a great place for a walk, entrance fee or not.

    Have a great summer yourself x

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