Sunday, 31 July 2011

Norfolk Wildlife Centre


Photo by Alan Machin

This handsome fellow is the caterpillar of the Swallowtailed butterfly.  He’s rare and there were 20 of his siblings around on the flowers, though we only saw two.


It is a lovely area at Ranworth with access by boardwalk over the wetlands.


One this was all reedbeds, harvested for thatching but as thatched roofs became less popular, the trees moved in and changed the character of the area. Today the reedbeds are useful as a means of spreading the water in a very low lying area and avoiding flooding in built up areas.



Ranworth Broad is part of the nature reserve and is teeming with water birds. From the Visitor Centre, we watched life on the Broad for a while and also a pair of swallows nesting in the eaves, raising their second brood of the year.


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