Skip to main content

Private Guided Tours

I offer private guided wildlife tours for small groups in my local area and further afield. If you are visiting Norfolk, or just want to know what is on your doorstep, drop me an email at and I will sort out a well priced package.

Depending on the time of year, it is a short drive (or even walk) to observe Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit, Swallowtail Butterfly, Barn Owl and much more. We really are spoilt for choice in Norfolk.

A recent client kindly commented after a summer Swallowtail tour:
Hi Jim, just wanted to thank for such a fantastic afternoon on your guided tour. We really did benefit from your expert guidance and extensive knowledge of flora and fauna. Our aim on the tour was to see the swallowtail butterflies which, with your assistance and impressive knowledge of where to look, allowed us to achieve our goal. Thanks to the diverse nature of the Reserve and your well-prepared tour, we saw a lot more than we could have hoped for. Amazing views of a Marsh Harrier, the distinctive sound and sight of a tree creeper, stunning dragonflies, teams of comma butterflies and close-up views of white admirals were amongst a few of our favourites.  We were all amazed at your incredible ability to identify birds from their call or song alone. So, even though we might not have seen a reed warbler, at least we can say we heard it!
We will definitely like to book you for another tour, maybe at a different time of year to allow us to see different species the local reserves have to offer. It was a real pleasure to meet you again and thank you for making the day so successful. Kind regards , Elaine Parsley"


Popular posts from this blog

A local phenomenon

In the time it took me to drive down the long uneven track to the enigma that is The Beauchamp Arms, the satellite Corvid roost had grown from zero to around 300 birds. A roughly even mix of Rooks and Jackdaws assemble on Claxton Marshes every evening during the Winter (currently around 15.30) and 50 minutes later a mass of circa 5000 birds have left for the giant roost at Buckenham Carrs north of the river. This was the first time I had made a clear note of timings, and was surprised by how quickly the meeting point goes from raucous to silent. In fact, an eerie quiet falls upon the avenue of trees around 16.00, and a lone cock Pheasant outcried the 1000s of Corvids perched on trees or loafing on the marshy ground beneath. What follows are a number of reshufflings as the restless birds take flight in small waves, taking a new branch to perch upon. Around 16.15, a false dawn as a splinter group takes a more purposeful flight only to loop round and return to the main group. Only at tw…

Picking up the pieces is easy

Bumping into neighbour Mark Cocker in the Findhorn Valley proved not only how small our world is, but also how valuable the home patch is to us both. We compared notes around our Highland experiences, but attention quickly turned to where we had both come from. "Have you seen the Short-eared Owls?" We both had, and it was this pleasantly nagging thought that kept infiltrating my mind throughout the highland stay. Put simply, inside my head, it went like this: it is great up here, but when I get home I must get down the marsh.

Despite Spring being a leap ahead back home compared to the north, reminders of the season past were hunting  Claxton Marsh as we had discussed. The Short-eared Owls had not been present all Winter, and sightings of two birds in April were oddly my first of the year. A background orchestra of Grasshopper and Sedge Warbler was a contradiction, but here were the early birds and a couple simply not in a rush. 
I have been taking part in the Common Bird Cen…

Foulden Common- Skippers and a Hairstreak

Been meaning to get to Foulden Common for what feels like years, and it probably is that in terms of timescale! I recall being poorly last Spring, and my days put aside for a Butterfly hunt there were postponed. Before long, the mid-summer doldrums had set in and all thought of Norfolk's scarce Skipper species were put on hold until 2019. 
And so despite the overcast conditions and lack of some Bird Therapy, I headed out this morning. Arriving from the direction of Mundford, travelling through Foulden village and approaching an S bend, I noticed a small bowl-shaped pull in. Doubling back I parked up, walked through two gates and began searching the common land. The first 45 minutes had me cursing the lack of sun and planning my next free morning before returning to work. A pair of Common Blue and Small Copper gave some hope, and a hoarse Cuckoo and 2+ Garden Warbler were clearly harbingers of warmer fronts moving in. 
As the sun threatened to bust through the clouds, I picked up …