Norfolk's first nesting Bee-eaters, 12 June 2022

Sworn to secrecy while the RSPB and local volunteers sorted out wardening and access I'm now able to post about Norfolk's fisrt nesting European Bee-eaters which I had the privilege to see last Sunday. The announcement to the wider world was made on Springwatch last night.

The birds are frequenting a disused quarry just off the coast road at Trimingham and parking is in a field just off the side road to Gimingham at TG284384. Belinda and I popped along and had great views and a chat with the local landowner/farmer who is delighted to have these birds on his patch. 

After a beach walk at Mundesley (where I found a nice naturalised bush of Shrubby Germander near the church and some Duke of Argyll's Tea Plant) we called in to a site in the Bure Valley that I used to know well from a former life. Here Louis Parkerson had spotted some Common Cotton Grass (itself a local scarcity) and sploshing over to investigate found the even better Marsh Cinquefoil! Lesser Spearwort and Ragged Robin were also in the same wet marsh.

                                                                                                                                 European Bee-eaters

                                                                                                                                Marsh Cinquefoil
                                                                                                                              Common Cottongrass
                                                                                                                                    Lesser Spearwort
                                                                                                                                Shrubby Germander
                                                                                                                         Duke of Argyll's Tea Plant

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