Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve



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Dersingham Bog NNR is part of the Sandringham Royal Estate and includes the largest, most intact example of an acid valley mire in East Anglia. It is also one of the last remaining fragments of lowland heathland in southern England. The low-lying mire is dominated by sphagnum bog mosses. Several rare plants are present including round-leaved sundew, oblong-leaved sundew, cranberry, bog asphodel and white beak-sedge. Dersingham Bog NNR supports nationally important numbers of breeding nightjar, and up to 28 churring males have been recorded. Other notable breeding species include woodlark, grasshopper warbler, tree pipit and stonechat. The Greensand escarpment acts as an important route for migrating birds during the autumn, when large flocks of pink-footed geese move between The Wash and the inland fields to feed. Also look out for flocks of small birds such as crossbills, siskins and redpolls and a wide variety of fungi, like fly agaric, birch boletus and the distinctive common stinkhorn.

Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve


About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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