On the broads you can expect to find birds such as teal and wigeon, reed and sedge warblers, and the marsh harrier has even made a comeback in the recent years.
The bittern can also be spotted, but most definitely heard, with a mating call that can be heard 2km away. Did you know that the bittern is called a butterbump in Norfolk?
Whether you are looking for a specific bird, or are a keen birdwatcher or wildlife photographer, there are plenty of places along the broads which offer viewing platforms and Norfolk is said to be one of the best bird spotting locations in the country.
Britains largest, and arguably one of the most beautiful butterflies can only be found in the Norfolk Broads now. The swallowtail has a wingspan of up to 9cm. Early morning on a windless day between late May to mid July is the best time to spot them!
Unsurprisingly, the Norfolk Broads are home to many kinds of fish, including Perch and Pike. You’ll also find Bream, Roach, Eels, Ruff, Rudd and Tench as well as Flounders, Sea Bass, Grey Mullet, and Hoby and migratory Sea Trout.
If you’re interested in wildlife spotting, or a spot of fishing, the Norfolk Broads is one of the best destinations in the country to enjoy underwater wildlife.
Harvest Mice & Water Shrews
… and you might spot an otter if you’re lucky!
The Norfolk Broads is one of your best chances to spot a Water Vole. Being a rapidly declining species, it is sadly now the UK’s fastest declining mammal but they can be seen on the Norfolk Broads.
To find out more about the wildlife on The Broads and what wildlife you are most likely to find season to season, Visit The Broads has a really useful article on their website here: https://www.visitthebroads.co.uk/discover-the-broads/wildlife-in-the-broads