Great Yarmouth’s Great Wildlife

There is simply load of Great Wildlife in Great Yarmouth

great-yarmouth-wildlife-Common-Blue-butterflyThe Great Yarmouth area is home to a large number of rare and unusual wildlife species. The area between the Great Yarmouth piers is home to one of the largest roosts of Mediterranean Gulls in the whole of the UK. Breydon Water, just behind the Great Yarmouth, is a major wader and waterfowl site, with winter roosts of well over 100,000 birds. This and the surrounding Halvergate Marsh areas are specially protected places, and the majority of the area is now owned by conservation organisations, most principally the RSPB.

The North Denes area of the Great Yarmouth beach is an SSSI due to its dune plants, and is home to numbers of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. Great Yarmouth also hosts one of the largest Little Tern colonies in the Uk each summer as well as a small colony of Greyling butterflies. Other butterflies found here include the Small Copper and the Common Blue butterflies.

Norfolk is a great place for butterfly watching. While taking a trip to Great Yarmouth, there are many places to see beautiful butterflies. From the coast to further inland there are many species to find. Horsford, in Norwich is home to the rare silver studded blue butterfly.

The near-by Great Yarmouth cemetery is renowned as a temporary roost for spring and autumn migrants, and sometimes sees spectacular ‘falls’. Wildlife lovers will also like to hear that redstart and Pied Flycatcher are often seen here during migration. Great Yarmouth has also been the site for the first records of a number of rare insects, blown in from the continent!

Grey Seal and Common Seal are frequently seen off-shore at Great Yarmouth, as are sea-birds such as Gannet, Little Auk, Common Scoter, Razorbill and Guillemot. So what are you waiting for, grab the binoculars and come on down to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk for wildlife viewings.

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