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Barn Owl near Winterton (1 Viewer)


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Hi visiting Winterton area in April anyone know of any good spots to photograph Barn Owls - thanks in advance


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They have been reliable at Stubb Mill (a short walk from Hickling NWT) recently. I suspect there are plenty between Horsey and Winterton, but I don't venture that way too often.

Hope this helps,

Note - people may be reluctant to give loads of information to prevent disturbance to breeding pairs.


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Hi visiting Winterton area in April anyone know of any good spots to photograph Barn Owls - thanks in advance

Hi Andy ; I did originally post this inside your 'welcome' thread...

However, I feel it would be more appropriate, in here.

I'll now re-post it (here) & delete the one I'd originally written on your welcome thread.

Hi Jammo',

I've been around Winterton many a time in the past (mainly 1980's & 1990's)

Last time I was there, was in 2016 - plus I do know the surrounding areas quite well.

The B.1159 is a SUPERB road to trawl & I've seen countless Owls and Buzzards in my times along there.

That 2016 visit, I was riding my Kawasaki (slowly !) & just kept pulling over to observe....

I found the stretch by 'HORSEY CORNER' to be particularly good (esp' one-hour before dusk !)

As you leave Winterton, heading initially West (briefly), then, heading NORTH...along the B.1159...

You'll see the hamlets of East Somerton & West Somerton.

As you head North on the Horsey Road, there is Martham Broad nature reserve on your left.

Keep heading North, just past Horsey, then briefly towards Horsey Corner & Horsey Gap.

It's at Horsey Corner that I personally had all of my best sightings along that stretch.

BTW ; If you DO head still further North (along B.1159), there's yet another reserve.

This one is the Calthorpe Broad National Nature reserve just past Sea Palling & Waxham.

BTW ; There is also a very nice li'l waterside "stop", beside "Horsey Windpump".

(I used to ALWAYS stop there, coz by then, I was always "saddle-sore" )

In MY view, that B.1159 stretch, is a little "Gem" (Horsey thru Waxham & Sea Palling)

Lastly, Winterton "is" one of THE most blustery places I know, so, good luck.

(the church is superb & tall, if desolate looking)

Good luck with the B.1159 in general, it's a peach !

P.S ; Try Horsey Corner, like I did, about 90-mins, to an hour before dusk & be patient & still - you should be rewarded.


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