|OS Grid: TG 350140||Approx 9.4m 15.2km From the Coast View Google Map|
|Latitude: 52° 40' 20"|
|Longitude:1° 28' 35"|
|Latitude: 52.672||Select another Norfolk Location:|
Ranworth's Nature Trail with its boardwalk, leads you through tall grasses, reeds and open water to a Broad which is closed to all crafts. Here you will find a Norfolk Wildlife Conservation Centre, a floating thatched building right on the edge of the Broad, which has information about the Broads and their history. There are also views out through purpose built windows with binoculars and telescopes at the upper windows for bird watching.
Whilst on the Nature Trail look out for signs of the Swallowtail butterfly as this is one of its breeding sites. The large swallowtail butterfly can quite often be seen flitting about the broads from June until early August. You wont miss it as it has a wingspan of up to 4.5 inches. Striking brown and yellow markings and a red spot on each of its hind wings. The caterpillar of the swallowtail butterfly which is green and black stripped will only eat milk parsley, which unfortunately has all but disappeared in the UK. The plant needs wet and space to grow and it's only with careful management that these plants can survive. In the Norfolk Broads where they still harvest sedge for thatching, the milk parsley flourishes and so does the swallowtail butterfly.
There is an electric ferry boat called
Helen that you can catch from the staithe round to the
broad at certain times of the year, tickets are
available from the information centre. This
same service also does tours of the River Bure and