Strumpshaw Fen is maintained and run by the Royal
Society for the Protection of Birds. It is part of the
RSPB Mid Yare Reserve which extends over 800ha of
wetland on the floodplains of the River
The Mid Yare also includes Buckenham and Cantley
Marshes, Surlingham Church Marsh, Surlingham Broad and
Surlingham and Rockland Marshes and was designated a
National Nature Reserve in 1997 to recognise its
importance as one of Britain's finest wildlife sites.
Autumn and winter wildlife - in autumn and winter flocks
of ducks gather on the reedbed pools and bitterns may be
Towards dusk, marsh and hen harriers come to roost in
the reeds and sparrowhawks are often seen. Cetti's
warblers are easiest to see in late winter and sing on
summer days. At Buckenham Marshes thousands of
wigeon can be seen feeding on the wet grassland and
peregrines Harriers and barn owls often hunt over the
open marshes. White-fronted and bean geese spend the
winter in the Yare Valley and are sometimes seen here.
Spring and summer wildlife - cettis, reed and sedge
warblers are in song and ducks coots and grebes are busy
nesting around the pools. Marsh harriers are best
seen during courtship in April or when feeding their
young in June. Hobbies hunt over the reeds and
kingfisher are often seen. In May the woods are
alive with warblers, tits, woodpeckers and bluebells and
foxgloves are in flower.
Rare swallowtail butterflies are on the wing from late
May to mid-July and often again in mid-August to
September. Wetland wildflowers including
marsh orchids which are at the best in June and July.
Many kind of dragonflies can be seen including the rare
Norfolk hawker. There are mown nature trails, hides,
reed beds, grazing marshes, woodland, information centre
and of course the River Yare.
Open daily 9-9pm (or dusk if earlier). Please note that
parts of the nature trail may be muddy or wet at any
time of year after rain or river flooding, so suitable
footwear is advised..