Snettisham Nature Reserve

Snettisham Nature Reserve

Bird spectaculars during winter months - but open all year 

An attractive village near the north-west coast – but the main attraction is the nature reserve on the coast.

How to get there

The reserve is not in the village, but down a lane off the main road towards the sea.

By road: The reserve is clearly signposted down Beach Road from the A149 Snettisham and Dersingham bypass. The reserve is signposted on your left after about a mile along Beach Road.

Bus: regular services from King's Lynn and Hunstanton to Snettisham village  Norfolk Green. The walk from the village, down Beach Road and through the reserve, is about 3 miles. Unfortunately you won’t be able to get a bus early enough for the dawn bird events at the nature reserve unless you arrive the day before!

Rail: Kings Lynn (13 miles)

Bike: Close to National Route 1 View local cycle routes


In winter (mid-November to late January) Snettisham Nature Reserve is the home of tens of thousands of wading birds, creating a wildlife spectacle. On big tides, as water covers the vast mudflats of The Wash, the birds are pushed off their feeding grounds and fill the skies in great swirling flocks. At other times huge flocks of pink footed geese can be seen leaving their night-time roost at dawn in V-shaped formations. But you have to be there at dawn. See RSPB website  for details on the best dates for visiting, and what to do when you get there.

Snettisham village is pretty and worth visiting, including the impressive church with its spire.

Just to the east of the village, close to the church is Snettisham Park Farm . This is a working farm with deer safaris, lambing and sheep shearing events, adventure playground, café, shop, waymarked trails etc.

Cost: The bird spectacular is free! See Snettisham Park Farm website  for details of admission fees.

Refreshments: Pub and café in the village: Rose & Crown The Old Bank Coffee shop/restaurant 10 Lynn Road Tel: 01485 544080 (Check for winter opening times)

Loos: No public loos on nature reserve


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