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Want to meet the Norfolk hawker?

RSPB launches new water-based wildlife safaris in The Broads
Norfolk Broads and the distant river Yare

This summer you’ll get a chance to encounter the ‘Norfolk hawker’ and ‘scarce chaser’ (dragonflies!) as well as a host of beautiful birds during a guided kayak tour on the River Yare and adjoining broads around RSPB Strumpshaw Fen Nature reserve, near Norwich.

‘From first setting foot on the reserve, walking down to the launch point and all the way through the winding watery tour, you’ll not only be amazed by the variety of wildlife you’ll see, but also by just how exhilarating it feels to get out onto the water and see from a new perspective.

‘Getting into a kayak opens up parts of The Broads that others can’t get to, even by boat, and brings an abundance of wildlife closer than you’ve experienced it anywhere else!’

RSPB Active in Nature development officer in The Broads

Starting with a walk through the reserve’s woodland and wetland habitats, the RSPB’s kayak tours provide an opportunity to see the wildlife of The Broads National Park – including the many birds that live on and near the water, like the great-crested grebe, reed warbler and marsh harrier – in a whole new way.

You’ll get to combine wildlife watching with a water-based workout as you paddle along the river that feeds Norfolk’s famous reedbeds, and then duck off into the hidden reedy jungle of Surlingham and Rockland Broads.

Kayak tour details

The RSPB has kayak tours taking place at Strumpshaw Fen this summer, on dates in July, August and September.

Dates (two tours per date, morning and afternoon):

  • 25 and 29 July
  • 5, 12 and 18 August
  • 2, 23 and 30 September

Cost: Adults £35 (£29 for RSPB members), Under-18s £25 (£19 for RSPB members)

Minimum age: 10 years

Tours last approximately 2.5 hours (time on the water) and are led by qualified and experienced British Canoeing river guides. Kayaks are tandem two-person kayaks of a very stable design, and are perfect for beginners.

Booking is essential and places are limited to eight per tour.

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