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08
Jun

Have you spotted an otter or baby Grebe riding on her mother’s back?

Now is a wonderful time to be heading out on a Norfolk Broads Direct boating holiday as there is so much wildlife to see.   We have lots of newly hatched young to spot and otters are making an appearance with … Continued

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12
May

All go on the spring front

We are now over a week into May, and the changes are happening daily. Gone are the yellow flowers of daffodils and marsh marigold, replaced by whites of hawthorn and elder on the banks with delicate flowers of Jack by … Continued

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08
May

Join our “Grebe nest Safari”!

Our river trips are something of a Great Crested Grebe nest and ‘newly hatched’ safari now. In addition to Great Crested Grebes nesting on Salhouse Little Broad and a river bend in Woodbastwick, there are at least five Grebes nests … Continued

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25
Apr

The mystery of the Bufflehead duck

The Norfolk Broads Direct team were all driven quackers on Sunday by the mystery of a very unusual duck, which appeared just outside our sister company Broads Tours’s day boat moorings. One of the Broads Tours skippers, Tobi, managed to take … Continued

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21
Apr

Spot the nest

Eagle-eyed boat and cottage holiday customers are enjoying spotting our bird life, including all three of the Broads’ common goose species, nesting in some unusual, tucked-away places.  The water birds probably pick these spots to hide from predators. An Egyptian … Continued

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14
Apr

Nature springs to life

The Broads are bursting into life with our resident birdlife busily performing their breeding rituals. And signalling the coming of spring, the first Swallows have arrived on Wroxham Broad after their long journey from Africa. Passengers have been delighted by … Continued

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01
Mar

First day of spring signals wildlife spectacle

Today is the first day of meteorological spring and wildlife is bursting into life right on cue. Male swans are getting really territorial, puffing up their feathers and seeing off the competition. One pair of the birds have even been … Continued

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16
Feb

Half term is a treat for wildlife

Our holiday customers are being treated to a wonderful display of wildlife over the February Half Term Holiday. Topping the list was an otter popping up in our boat basin to the delight of customers – who got to see … Continued

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27
Jan

‘Arctic’ Adventure

With many of the Broads frozen over thanks to the arctic-like weather conditions now isn’t the most obvious time for a boat trip.    But, in the interests of this blog one of our skippers, Oli Franzen, wrapped up warm and … Continued

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03
Dec

Perfect festive scenes……. and a plucky heron

The Grey Heron is generally known for its shy and aloof ways, spending much of its life in solitude.  But they can also be pluckier than you might think! In the last nature blog we focused on the ‘adventures of … Continued

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16
Nov

The adventures of the Grey Heron

Spotting a Grey Heron is one of the highlights of a holiday on the Broads.  But it seems that this familiar sight on our waterways can also be seen in rather more unfamiliar locations – as one of our skippers … Continued

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03
Nov

Season Ends, Tranquility Returns

Now that our river trips have come to an end, our visits to the river will become less frequent. We shall however, endeavour to keep you informed of how our beautiful Broadland is changing through the winter. On Thursday, our … Continued

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28
Oct

Broads adopt a new persona

As temperatures tumble the Broads is taking on a wonderful new persona.  Not only are the leaves of the riverside trees a blazing red and orange colour but new species are migrating to the Broads. One of the most interesting … Continued

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13
Oct

Conservation project is great news for wildlife on the Broads

Norfolk Broads Direct gained a fascinating insight into an exciting environmental project and ground breaking ecological research when they helped to facilitate a special site visit to the Hoveton Great Broad restoration project for the Institute of Fisheries Management. Hoveton Great … Continued

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30
Sep

Spotting special species

Now is a wonderful time to be on the river. What was suspected to be a pair of ospreys were spotted hovering above Hoveton Great Broad and Woodbastick recently by one of our members of staff Tobi, who skippers boat … Continued

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21
Sep

Amazing autumn

Despite last week’s unseasonal heatwave, which boasted the highest September temperatures on record, we are now seeing the first signs of autumn creeping in. Cormorants are gathering and Canada geese have disappeared. The reddening  berries of geulder rose are highlighting … Continued

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13
Sep

How many of our BIG six will you spot?

As you’ve seen in our Nature Blog thus far, wildlife on the Broads is plentiful. The wetlands here are an ideal habitat for many UK native species and it is estimated that the Broads is home to 25% of the UK’s … Continued

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24
Aug

A new light on Grebes

Great Crested Grebes are one of the Broads most beautiful birds but the picture below shines a whole new light on how we view them.  It’s the dramatic moment a Great Crested Grebe entered a vicious fight with a rival … Continued

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