This is a duplicate of the account for Cley in North Norfolk Coast

CLEY (Norfolk Naturalists’ Trust, National Trust)


NORFOLK (Sheringham), (W)

National Grid TG053440 00o00´/00o00´ c.266ha 1-7m, shingle beach and brackish and freshwater pools, large reedbeds 
Anytime (15-17.05.92, 15-16.05.93, 19.05.95)


Birding Site Guide

Also search BSG with ‘Norfolk’ for other sites nearby, or by a species, as there are many good birding sites in the county. This site adjoins another good birding area Blakeney Point (W) and Salthouse Heath is immediately SW over the A149 (see accounts on BSG).

Cley Next The Sea lies just S of the main coast road the A149. Parking is found 1.1km N from the town off A149 on the coast at Cley Eye or just E of town at the visitor centre (S side of road) and a little further along on N side of road. There is a path with a few hides and an admission fee is charged for non-members.

This is one of the best birding sites in Britain and anything can turn up. It is particularly good for passage waders and harriers Autumn brings flocks of terns and Little Gulls. The reedbeds have large numbers of Bearded Tits, and Bittern. In winter the site, especially along the beach, is good for Horned Lark, Snow and Lapland Buntings. Also along the beach heading E towards the coast guards are some isolated Tamaris bushes which attract incoming weary migrants. Over 280 species have been recorded in the area. My list below gives an idea of species which can be expected, but also includes a few rarities, dates of visits are given at the top of the page.

Birds seen at Cley (this is a composite list from all my visits).

  • Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
  • Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
  • Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
  • Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris
  • Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
  • Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  • Greylag Goose Anser anser
  • Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis
  • Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
  • Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
  • Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
  • Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  • Garganey Anas querquedula
  • Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
  • Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
  • Western Marsh-Harrier Circus aeruginosus
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
  • Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
  • Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus intro'
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
  • Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
  • Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
  • Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
  • Eurasian Golden-Plover Pluvialis apricaria
  • Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  • Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
  • Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
  • Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
  • Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
  • Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  • Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
  • Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
  • Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
  • Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
  • Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
  • Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
  • Common Redshank Tringa totanus
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Red Knot Calidris canutus
  • Little Stint Calidris minuta
  • Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
  • Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
  • Dunlin Calidris alpina
  • Dunlin Calidris alpina
  • Ruff Philomachus pugnax
  • Mew Gull Larus canus
  • Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  • European Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
  • Little Gull Larus minutus
  • Little Tern Sternula albifrons
  • Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
  • Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  • Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
  • Common Wood-Pigeon Columba palumbus
  • Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
  • Common Swift Apus apus
  • Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  • Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
  • Sand Martin Riparia riparia
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  • House Martin Delichon urbicum
  • Pied/White Wagtail Motacilla alba
  • Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
  • Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
  • Eurasian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
  • Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
  • Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
  • Bearded Reedling Panurus biarmicus
  • Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula
  • Carrion Crow Corvus corone
  • European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  • Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus

Author: BSG