The Dodds family were on holiday last week in Norfolk. It was a holiday of mixed emotions; from a 5 hour traffic jam around Kings Lynn to watching Hobbies hunting dragonflies over reed beds - I think the latter was worth the heat and angst.
Large wetlands filled with birds and dragonflies were the order of the day. Highlights included a Bittern flying over the reeds at Minsmere, Cranes and Marsh harriers at Hickling Broad and the wide range of waders at Titchwell and Cley (24 species in the week). 7 species of dragonfly and damselfly were noted along with 42 species of moth.
Two thoughts from the holiday were; birds do not like the sea off the Norfolk coast - the largest flock was 12 Sandwich terns!. Secondly, nature conservation organisations in the North East lack the vision and drive to create a large wetland complex of the scale of Titchwell or Cley. Today's nature reserve seems more about selling memberships and fluffy toys than the wildlife experience.