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Cley Marshes
Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk Coast

Details for Cley Marshes

The Norfolk Wildlif Trust's Cley Marshes nature reserve is a great venue for a day out with all the family. Spend some time in one of the hides observing the visiting and residential birds. There is also a visitors centre and on-site cafe.

Cley Marshes is Norfolk Wildlife Trust's oldest and best known nature reserve. It was purchased in 1926 making it the first Wildlife Trust reserve in the country. 2011 was its 85th anniversary!

The shingle beach and saline lagoons, along with the grazing marsh and reedbed support large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.

An eco-friendly visitor centre contains a café, shop, viewing areas (including viewing from a camera on the reserve), exhibition area, interpretation and toilets. The view from the visitor centre across the Marsh to the sea is breathtaking.

Dogs Policy:
NWT no dogs policy. Visitors with dogs can walk Beach Road, along shingle bank (Northern reserve boundary) and East bank - from here you can see some areas of the reserve.

Did you know?

NWT Cley Marshes was purchased in 1926 to be held 'in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary'. It was NWT's first nature reserve and provided a blue print for nature conservation which has now been replicated across the UK.The water levels in the pools and reedbeds are regulated to ensure they are ideal for the resident birds, and reed is harvested every year to keep the reedbeds in good condition.


Environmentally friendly visitor centre. Wildlife Detective Bumbags for children are free to use. Five hides (with excellent wheelchair access) provide bird watching within...


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Cley Marshes
NR25 7SA
01263 740008

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