A weekend in North East Norfolk, 28 - 30 January 2022

With the weather forecast being mild and dry (if a bit windy!) we took the motorhome for a winter excursion to NE Norfolk this weekend. 

On Friday night we camped at a small campsite at Knapton just inland of Mundesley. During the day we walked part of the Paston Way from Knapton into North Walsham and then back via the North Walsham and Dilham Canal and Pigney's Wood. Winter Helliotrope was very evident along the old railway line and in North Walsham Cemetery I found a single Two-spot Ladybird amongst a cluster of overwintering Harlequin Ladybirds on a gravestone. Birdwise c300 Pink-footed Geese flew over near Knapton, a Kingfisher flashed along the canal and a group of Siskins and c10 Fieldfares were also seen. A small variety of fungi were also encountered, most of which still need id-ing. 

That night a wake was going in the social club by our campsite and we got invited to join them for a burger and beer. Bizarre and uncomfortable in equal measure!

                                                                                                                      Two-spot Ladybird (bottom)

                                                                                                                                  Candlesnuff Fungus

                                                                                                                              Winter Helliotrope

Fast forward to Saturday and we re-located to the coast at Sea Palling where for the 2nd night in a row were were the only people on the campsite. On the drive over c50 Bewick's Swans were in the usual spot near Ingham. Our walk took us along the coast as far as Cart Gap in one direction and Waxham in the other as we clocked up the miles. It was blowing a gale and the only real highlight were 3 Purple Sandpipers that I found on the rocks at Sea Palling about 200 yards south of the lifeboat station.

                                                                                                                              Purple Sandpipers

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