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Cley Marshes

NWT Cley Marshes is Norfolk Wildlife Trusts oldest and best known nature reserve. It was purchased in 1926 making it the first Wildlife Trust reserve in the country.

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

Visit Cley Marshes to study these diverse habitats and find out about the processes that shape our coastline.

Tel: 01603 625540  


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. NWT has come a long way in 85 years and now has 35,000 members, more than 100 corporate members, and eight thriving local members groups. It:

  • Gives conservation advice to a wide variety of organisations and individuals.
  • Provides education services for over 6,000 young people on school and university field trips each year.
  • Runs hundreds of informative and fun events.
  • Cares for over 60 nature reserves and other protected sites encompassing a range of habitats and species.

Age groups and Key Stages catered for

KS1 and 2
GCSE and A level

Are self guided activities allowed on site?

Yes. Please help us to record educational activity in the AONB by reporting your visit to the site education officer, who will also be happy to provide advice about your visit.

Are guided activities available?


Sample guided activities

Habitat Trail (KS1/2)
Explore the diverse habitats we protect and find out about the fascinating plants and animals that live there. Pupils are encouraged to touch, smell, look and listen as they investigate the reserve.

Changing Coastline (KS2)
A fun and interactive session which explains the processes that shape our coastline and their effect on coastal communities.

Habitats and Management (GCSE/A level)
Our coastal reserves offer the opportunity to study sand dunes, salt marsh, grazing marsh and reed bed habitats. Fieldwork techniques including sampling and identification can be introduced and practiced. Students will also be encouraged to think about how we protect wildlife while observing management in practice.

Other activities

Brilliant Birds
Strandline Scavenge
Sustainability Challenge
Wild Art
Environmental Games

Are residential facilities available on site?