Patch Birding - North Walsham

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The Old Lines (dark blue lines)

North-Eastern Line (Norfolk & Suffolk Joint) closed 1964
North Walsham Town- Paston & Knapton - Mundesley onto Cromer

South-Eastern Line (Midland & Great Northern) closed 1959
North Walsham Town - Honing - Stalham onto Great Yarmouth

Southern Line (current Bittern Line)
North Walsham Main - Worstead onto Norwich

South-Western Line (Midland & Great Northern) closed 1959
North Walsham Town - Felmingham onto Kings Lynn

North-Western Line (current Bittern Line)
North Walsham Main - Gunton - Cromer onto Sheringham

Main Patch Area (highlighted in red)

Paston/Mundesley Cliffs - Only coastal area included in patch, views out over sea, farmland and a small area of cliff-top scrub. An area I've walked since a toddler.

Pigney's Wood - 23.5h site comprising of 1.7h Mature Woodland, 7.8h new woodland (planted 1994/5), 8.5h open ground, 5.5h low lying wet grassland. Also pools/scrape, reedbed and stream(disused canal).

Quiet Lanes - Large area of by roads North and North-West of North Walsham - I will concentrate on a triangle between North Walsham, Trunch and Lower Southrepps - Predominately hedge rows and arable land.

Knapton Cutting - Old Railway cutting now a Local Nature Reserve focusing on Butterfly conversation.

Felmingham Heath - 'Bryants Heath' - Site of the Battle of North Walsham 1381 during the Peasant Revolt. A small 12h site with a mixture Dry heath, wet heath and fenland. Contains many locally scares species due to its unusual habitat mix, on a small site.

Felmingham Cutting - A Butterfly Nature reserve along a short section of the old track bed 16 species of butterfly have been recored.

Other Local Sites (shown in blue)

Honing Lock and River Ant - Footpath following disused North Walsham-Dilham Canal, through wet woodland and grazing marsh.

Southrepps Common - 12.4h of woodland, reedbed and grassland. A Local Nature Reserve but also SSSI the site holds a wide selection of fauna and flora.

East Ruston Common - Small area of Heathland but also two large pools and reedbed.

Spa Common - Small hamlet on the edge of North Walsham, grazing meadows and marshland alongside the River Ant.

Witton/Bacton Woods - Area of Forestry Woodland, mainly made up of coniferous plantation but areas of deciduious trees and small area of heathland.

Owles Farm, Witton - Private farm with a mixture if agriculture, grazing, forestry and marshland.

Walcott/Ridlington - Sea frontage and low cliffs at Walcott, with arable fields inland towards Ridlington.

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