Dawn chorus delight to be found at Penthorpe

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If you’ve not yet discovered the peace and beauty of hearing the birds wake and sing at first light during a Dawn Chorus Walk in the stunning West Norfolk landscape, now is your chance.

Big C has paired up with Pensthorpe Natural Park to offer this experience on Sunday and again on Sunday, May 8.

The 700-acre site that was twice voted Norfolk’s Best Large Visitor Attraction, conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats is the single most important focus of the work. With a diverse range of habitats, its Norfolk Natural Park is nationally recognised as a breeding site for many species and numerous types of bird. Sightings include 16 whooper swans, large flocks of goldfinch and siskin, woodcock, the short-eared owl, marsh harriers and bitterns.

The walk will take you beside the chalk stream to see natural brown trout, water vole, otters and kingfishers along to the wader scrap where more surprises await.

“You never know who is going to turn up on this large pool of water with views across to the wet meadows beyond,” said operations director Mark Noble. “There is little light pollution so we have stunning sunrises and it is a wonderful sight as the birds come to life, feeling the sun on their wings.”

Waterfowl sightings have included teal, widgeon, shelduck and shoveler.

“Pensthorpe is a special place with a beautiful landscape and a very different feel and an opportunity for people to get away and have space and time,” said Mark.

Tickets cost £15, to include a two-hour warden tour starting at 6.30am and hot beverages.