Pensthorpe Wetlands and Nature Reserve
Pensthorpe is set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside with miles of nature trails to explore through ancient fen meadows, woodland and a superb series of lakes. Pensthorpe is home to a fine collection of waterfowl including endangered exotic waterfowl from around the world. Dozens of migratory bird species can be seen during the winter and summer months and our specially created hides help you get closer to nature.
Originally flooded gravel pits until the early eighties, Pensthorpe has been carefully restored as a safe haven for wildlife including the creation of islands for safe nesting areas, shallow scrapes for waders and other species and dragonfly-haunted dykes crossing wild fen meadows.
- Pensthorpe Barn Owl Box Success.
- Corncrake chicks from Pensthorpe re-introduced to the Nene washes.
The river itself was polluted until the 1970's but is now recovering with Brown Trout and Roach frequently seen feeding on shrimp and snails. Additionally, a pair of otters bred successfully at Pensthorpe in 1997.
Highlights: Pensthorpe has a mixture of captive and wild species. Wild species that can be seen at Pensthorpe include bitterns, European cranes (in 2006 a wild crane mixed with the captive birds), 12 species of raptor, 5 species of owl, a wide range of wading birds such as redshank, plovers, sandpipers, curlew, and many wetland and woodland birds. Otters breed here, and Roe deer can be seen. Several species of bats and many species of butterflies and dragonflies are resident.
Location: Pensthorpe is about a mile from Fakenham on the A1067 towards Norwich.
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