Wildlife

This is a little area for letting people know what sort of animals and creatures can be found around Postwick. Please see the sub sections for individual animals or insects etc. You can view them by hovering your mouse over the wildlife text tab near the top of the page.

If you see any wildlife in or around Postwick then please do let us know by filling in the comments box below (scroll down the page). I will then update the wildlife section and hopefully look up and elaborate on your findings.

If you wish to contact me by directly by email then please do so by clicking here here

Although this video is not Postwick related it is still a great little nature video.

Helene has contributed some nature walks for 2011. Please see below

The Gaywood Valley Project and

Norfolk Wildlife Trust present

The Big Urban Wildlife Watch

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June

Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Gaywood Valley Project invite you to take part in its biggest ever urban wildlife-watching event. Help us record more than 300 different species in the 24 hours between 12 noon on Saturday 4 June and12 noon on Sunday 5 June.

Taking part is easy. All you have to do is accurately identify as many species – birds, mammals, insects, plants – as you can in King’s Lynn.

Wildlife recording forms can be downloaded from our website – www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk or phone

Norfolk’s Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Information Service on 01603 598333 and we will be happy to send you a copy.

Take a Walk on the Wildside

If you would like to join in the Big Urban Wildlife Watch but want help identifying wildlife, why not take part in one or more of these guided walks.

All the walks are free and everyone is welcome.

Butterfly, Birds and Bees of Harding’s Pits

Saturday 4 June, 12.30 – 2pm

Start point – Whale Statue, Harding’s Pits, King’s Lynn

Wildlife of The WalksSaturday 4 June, 3 – 4.30pm

Start point – The Walk’s Café, King’s Lynn

Bats of King’s Lynn Walks

Saturday 4 June, 9-10pm

Start point – Red Mount Chapel, The Walks, King’s Lynn

(this walk is in partnership with Torc Ecology Ltd)

Adult Wildlife Workshop…

In Search of Dragons

Sunday 3 July, 10.30am – 3.30pmThese jewels of the sky may fly fast but this workshop will show you some key ways to identify both damselflies and dragonflies, whilst resting and in flight.

Location: Grimston (includes visit to NWT Roydon Common)

Details: Free. Booking essential – 01603 598333

Funded by: Big Lottery Fund and Natural England

Walk…

Heaths, Ruins and the Second World War

16 July, 9.30am – 12pm

This walk takes you through the heart of the beautiful Gaywood Valley, pass a ruin, through a heath and up to a Second World War observation tower, where you can look out on the Living Landscape and learn about the important part the Gaywood river plays in the landscape.

Start point: Church Farm, Bawsey, PE32 1EU (TF 662203)

Distance: Approximately 4 miles. Free. No need to book

Funded by: Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF)

Adult Wildlife Workshop…

Beginners Guide to Wildlife Digital Photography

Sunday 17 July, 10am to 3pm

Look at the birdie… Chris Mills introduces you to the basics of wildlife photography and takes you out in the field to put your new found knowledge to practice.

Location: Ashwicken (Further details on booking)

Details: Free. Booking essential – 01603 598333

Funded by: Big Lottery Fund and Natural England

Family Event…

Bite Size Birds

Saturday 6 August, 9am – 1pm

Join us and discover just some of the birds found living in and around Harding’s Pit. Talk to the experts, make a bird feeder, have a go at an art and craft activity and help us record the birds on site.

Start point: Harding’s Pits

Details: Free event. Drop-in between 9am -1pm. No need to book.

Funded by: Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF)

Walk…

A Wind on the Heath – A Wild Walk in West Norfolk

Sunday 7 August, 10am – 12.30pm

Join us for a walk discovering our work to restore heathland in West Norfolk as part of the Gaywood Valley Living Landscape.

Start point: NWT Roydon Common Nature Reserve, West Car Park (TF 681230)

Details: Approximately 3 miles. Free. No need to book

Funded by: Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF)

Adult Wildlife Workshop…

Getting to Know Heathlands

Sunday 14 August, 10am to 3pm

Nightjars, sundews, green tiger beetles and of course ling are just a few of the fascinating species associated with heathlands. Join us and discover the wildlife of heathlands and how they are managed.

Location: Grimston (visit to NWT Roydon Common)

Details: Free. Booking essential – 01603 598333

Funded by: Big Lottery Fund and Natural England

Adult Wildlife Workshop…

Introduction to Fungus Identification

Monday 24 October, 10am to 3pm

They come in many different shapes, sizes and colours. This workshop sheds some light on the art of fungus identification and introduces you to the amazing world of fungi.

Location: South Wootton (includes visit to Reffley Wood)

Details: Free. Booking essential – 01603 598333

Funded by: Big Lottery Fund and Natural England

Walk…

The Natural and Unnatural History of King’s Lynn

Sunday 30 October, 10 – 11.30am

King’s Lynn is awash with majestic buildings and stories from time gone by. But have you ever thought about the natural history that lives side-by-side historic King’s Lynn? Join us for a gentle stroll around King’s Lynn in search of its natural and unnatural history.

Start point: Outside The Green Quay, South Quay, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DT (TF 616197)

Details: Approximately 2 miles. Free. No need to book.

Funded by: Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF)

Adult Wildlife Workshop…

Introduction to Winter Tree Identification

Sunday 30 October, 1 – 4pm

Are trees without leaves a mystery? We’ll show you the basics to identifying trees once they have lost their leaves by looking at their bark, buds, twigs and general shape.

Location: Reffley (includes visit to Reffley Wood, South Wootton)

Details: Free. Booking essential – 01603 598333

Funded by: Big Lottery Fund and Natural England

One thought on “Wildlife

  1. 14-02-11. Barn Owls.
    I saw a Barn Owl on Monday night hunting in the field where Ferry lane bends towards Postwick Wharf. At the same spot on 5-2-11 I saw 3 hunting, which is unusual. Barn Owls can also be seen on the marshes to the west of the Surlingham Ferry pub, the grazing marshes to the south and east of the rec, where Peter Mack’s memorial bench is a good observation point, and in the field to the east of the ‘park and ride’ site where they can fly periously close to the slip road off the A47. Approach with stealth and enjoy watching these rare and beautiful birds.
    Bryan- The Old School.

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