Tracking Great Crested Grebes in the Norfolk Broads

For a quintessentially British holiday, you need look no further than the Norfolk Broads. With 120 miles of navigable waterways in the picturesque East Anglian countryside, the Broads are home to a multitude of wildlife, particularly birds. Indeed, for avid birdwatchers there’s certainly plenty to see. One of the more interesting birds found in the Broads is the Great Crested Grebe. In Victorian times it was hunted almost to extinction for its head plumes, which were used to decorate clothing. The RSPB was first set up ostensibly to save the Great Crested Grebe, and its thriving numbers today make it a real success story.

The unusual and elaborate courtship ritual of the Great Crested Grebe really is something to behold; the male and female rise up out of the water and somewhat bizarrely shake their heads at each other. Found on many of Norfolk’s wetlands, they can be seen all year round. Great Crested Grebes aren’t the only birds to be found in the Norfolk Broads though; the Avocet, having been virtually extinct as recently as the 1940s, represents another success story. The Broads are also home to the only nesting pairs of Cranes in the UK, as well as a huge range of less exotic species.

Birdwatching isn’t the only reason to consider Norfolk Broads holidays though. From heritage sites to adventure parks to steam railways, there’s plenty to do whatever the weather. Which is just as well, since despite Norfolk being one of the driest and sunniest counties in the UK, it can still rain from time to time. This is a great excuse to check out some of the range of indoor activities that the area has to offer, such as Norwich Cathedral, Colman’s mustard factory, art galleries, breweries and much more.

Norfolk Broads holidays are best when the sun shines though, and as well as taking to the water for a day in a hire boat or going off the beaten track, cycling or walking, there are gardens, zoos and more to entertain the whole family.Norfolk is home to some internationally renowned events too, from the Royal Norfolk Show to the East Anglian game and country fair, as well as regular heritage open days, horse racing events and exhibitions. One of the biggest events that the area has to offer is Latitude, a family friendly music festival with internationally acclaimed artists and a great atmosphere.

The Broads are also home to a wide selection of quality pubs and restaurants, as well as there being plenty of shopping to be had. Waterside Breaks offer a wide range of holiday cottages and lodges from which to enjoy Norfolk in comfort. Why not take a look around our site to find out more about Norfolk Broads holidays? We provide accommodation all over the UK, from Scottish log cabins to self catering on the Isle of Wight.

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