A walk on the wild side

We are big on conservation and the environment here at Rookery Farm.

Around our working farm you will find marked footpaths that take you around field edges, where you will be able to see nature and farming working in harmony. We leave wide field margins to encourage birds that nest on the ground, so in the springtime you will see lots of fledgling birds, while in autumn and winter, the adults will be busy preparing for the winter months.

The field margins also provide a home for many different types of native plants and flowers and, whatever the season, you will see flowers and plants that will delight and surprise you. We are dedicated to ensuring that our little corner of Norfolk is as unspoilt and as natural as it is possible to be.

Best foot forward

There are hundreds of miles of footpaths criss crossing Norfolk, with many of these paths local to our farm here in West Beckham. Just ask on arrival and we will gladly point you in the right direction for a bracing, beautiful walk – we believe that on foot is the best way to really explore the county.

Here are just some of the things to look out for as you walk around the footpaths and trails of north Norfolk.

Ancient woodlands:

Sheringham Park is home to ancient beech and oak trees. In the autumn the spectacular golden display as the leaves turn is enough to set cameras clicking.

Winter visitors:

A visit to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Cley is a must for bird watchers, whether you are an avid twitcher or simply mildly interested in different types of feathered friend. In the winter, the salt marshes attract a spectacular array of visitors: from the huge, noisy squadrons of Pink-foot Geese through to the chiming sounds of Cetti’s warbler. Also look out for Teal and Shoveler drakes, just two of a myriad of ducks that visit at this time of the year.

Fluttering by:

At 123 hectares Foxley Wood (near Reepham) is Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland and it is also home to a large number of butterfly species: white admiral, meadow brown, speckled wood, ringlet and purple hairstreak, to name but a few.

The woods also provide a canvas for a riot of colour in the spring time as first pale yellow primroses peek out from the banks of ditches and then bluebells carpet the woodland floor. Other interesting woodland plants and wildflowers such as dog’s mercury, greater butterfly orchid, wood anemone, wild garlic and herbparis can also be found, as well as the locally scarce wild service-tree. In total over 350 flowering plant species have been recorded.

Oh deer:

Holkham Hall holds a number of events featuring their fantastic deer herds. There are both Fallow and Red Deer roaming in the park at Holkham and, while visitors can simply walk round the park and watch the deer in their natural habitat, the Hall also offers special events that allow a more in-depth look at these majestic creatures. Deer safari are held during the year, offering families the chance to watch the deer from a tractor-trailer while learning more about them from the knowledgable guide. Photography courses also offer a chance to study these animals in close-up. Check the Holkham Hall website for courses and dates.

North Norfolk is abuzz with wildlife, which makes it very popular with wildlife enthusiasts. Please be considerate of others and make sure you leave nothing but a footprint as you enjoy all that the natural world has to offer.