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Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the oldest Wildlife Trust in the country. The purchase of 400 acres of marsh at Cley on the north Norfolk coast in 1926 to be held ‘in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary’ provided a blueprint for nature conservation which has now been replicated across the UK.


The shingle beach and saline lagoons, along with the grazing marsh and reed bed support large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.



A new eco-friendly visitor centre to the east of the village, on the Coast Road, opened in 2007 containing a café, shop, viewing areas (including viewing from a camera on the reserve), exhibition area, interpretation and toilets.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is delighted to open the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre  from Saturday 28 March 2015. The Aspinall Centre will allow them to expand and develop their programme of events and they can now offer an extensive range of new and exciting events. See their website for details.


Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre


The view from the visitor centre across the Marsh to the sea is breathtaking. There are also new boardwalks and hides making Cley Reserve into a major attraction.

The CoastHopper bus stops just outside the centre.

Cley Marshes Map
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