Tuesday, 04 June 2019 00:00

Fairhaven Garden Black Headed Gull Colony Enjoys Nesting on Rafts

Written by  Paul Dickson
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Images: Trevor "Tabs" Taberham Images: Trevor "Tabs" Taberham

The black headed gull colony at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is having a successful breeding season nesting on wooden rafts on the garden's private broad.

Trevor 'Tabs' Taberham volunteer wildlife warden explains: “The wooden rafts have been moored on the broad by the gardening team and have proved very popular with the black headed gulls. Some of the gulls have nested on the top of wooden posts that have cavities in the top, a precarious position to be in, as one false step and the chick falls into the water.

Fortunately the wooden rafts are fitted with floating gangplanks which the chicks happily use to get back onto the rafts and luckily the parents continue to feed them.”

Fairhaven_Black_Headed_Gull_Colony_3.JPG

Visitors on the daily boat trips at Fairhaven Garden can monitor the gulls' progress.

Fairhaven_Black_Headed_Gull_Colony_4.JPGFairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham NR13 6DZ, half way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk  t. 01603 270449.

The garden is open daily from 10am to 5pm and on Wednesdays until 9pm from May to the end of August. Free entry to tearoom (opens 9.15am), gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad from April to October (additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available.

Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

Fairhaven_Black_Headed_Gull_Colony2.JPG

Last modified on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 17:35

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/8094c4ea99365e38549a636a5c65454a.jpg
Anglia Karting Centre
Based in the heart of Norfolk, on the outskirts of Swaffham, Anglia Karting Centre has two outdoor race tracks which can be combined to make a 1030 meter, adrenaline fuelled, day of exciting racing.   We can cater for adults and junior ...
Explore
cache/resized/f1d793b8d861794e67ae01a5536c03b7.jpg
Sirius Training & Certifications Ltd
STC is proud to be recognized as a BRC ATP (approved training partner) and also an approved Highfield Training Centre.STC is a BRC Approved Training Partner, we also deliver Highfield Food Safety & Train the Trainer training courses, all in a ...
Explore
cache/resized/243eec81b1dcf538d0dfd1ebcb8223d7.jpg
Toilets+
For over 25 years, Toilets+ have been the leading provider of portable toilets within Norfolk, in addition to the South and Central England, as well as the Midlands. With many different locations across the UK, we are able to expand our services to ...
Explore
cache/resized/268bbdc8dd6d0eb6f9f17e02eef40a47.jpg
The Red Lion Hotel
The Red Lion Hotel is situated on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast overlooking the award winning Cromer Pier and award winning beach. At over 200 years old you'll discover many of its original features, including wood panelling, open log fires and ...
Explore
cache/resized/4542a00cdf44eaf35bf0a0f27fae6fb3.jpg
Museum of the Broads
Enjoy the only waterside Museum of Broadland life at the historic and picturesque Stalham Staithe.  We are family and dog friendly, have an accessible site, with a small café and picnic area. So why visit? Superb displays using a variety of ...
Explore
cache/resized/319572a73bc499c30e95d11f5acbb299.jpg
J B Postle & Son Ltd
We are your local independent electrical retailer offering a wide range of products and services which include Plasma and LCD televisions from panasonic, JVC and Samsung. We are a main stockist for Roberts radio and have a huge selection of DAB ...
Explore
benefits banner

Related items

  • Head to Fairhaven Garden for The Great Bear Hunt

    The Great Bear Hunt returns to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham, on Saturday, March 21 and will run until the autumn.

    The 10 bears carved by Fairhaven volunteer Andy Usher have been in hibernation over the winter and are ready for another season in the garden. There are also two additional bonus bears, recently carved by Andy, for visitors to discover.

    Armed with a trail map, showing location clues, families can have fun hunting the bears, learn about the trees in the garden and make up names for the bears.

    Andy Usher explained: “I have volunteered in the garden for the last six years. I am chainsaw qualified, bought a carving saw and began experimenting with creating animals. This led to my idea to carve the bears out of Fairhaven wood and give families a fun activity. All the bears are next to well-known trees and the idea is for children to discover some of the species that make up the woodland garden, as well as enjoy hunting the bears.”

  • Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden Winter Coppicing Campaign

    The gardening team and volunteers at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, are working on their annual winter hazel coppicing campaign. Every year they coppice a section of hazel on rotation, using a battery operated chainsaw to minimise the noise.

    This ancient woodland management practice involves cutting young stems down to a stump. The tree then regrows and is cut again on a seven year cycle. All the young stems are used. They are sold in plant sales as pea sticks and bean poles and they are also being bundled up into faggots, which will build up the paths on sections of the Broads and Ranworth Walks.

  • Notcutts Donates Bulbs to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

    Notcutts Norwich Garden Centre have donated end of season bulbs to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden.

    The gift was facilitated by Ray Etheridge, one of Fairhaven's regular garden volunteers, who works at Notcutts. Ray explained: “Every year Notcutts donates end of season stock to charity. I suggested that Fairhaven would be a good location for our bulbs and was delighted to be able to bring four sacks of daffodils, along with tulips, and crocus to plant in the garden.”

    Fairhaven Gardener Lydia Sutton is pictured with Ray planting some of the bulbs.

  • Tenth Annual Fairhaven Fun Dog Day – Great Yarmouth Winner

    Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, staged its tenth annual Fun Dog Day and Dog Show on Sunday, September 8.

    The Dog Show's 11 categories, including best mover, best sausage catcher, cutest face, best crossbreed, prettiest bitch, handsomest male and best family raised £386 for Great Yarmouth based CARE Dog Rescue, www.care-uk.com.

    Nicola Cook from Great Yarmouth won Best in Show with her English Cocker Spaniel, Myrtle, along with Prettiest Bitch puppy to the three years old. 

    Matthew Wilson from Lowestoft won Reserve Best in Show with his Lurcher, Lily, along with the dog the judge would most like to take home category. Lilly was also second in best sausage catcher. 

    Event organiser, Georgina Angel said: “I would like to thank all the owners and their dogs for taking part in our Dog Show and making it such a success. We are really pleased to be donating £386 to CARE Dog Rescue.”

  • Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in UK's Best 100 Gardens 2019

    Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is in Garden News Magazine's Best 100 Gardens in the UK for the second year running. The Best 100 Gardens poll, which was voted on by the magazine's readers, also gave Fairhaven third place in the Midlands region (which includes East Anglia).

    Louise Rout, General Manager, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden said: “We are thrilled to be in Garden News Magazine's Best 100 Gardens again and would like to thank everyone who voted and helped us achieve third place in the Midlands. Our gardening team work so hard to care for the garden and the Best 100 Gardens poll is a wonderful endorsement of their work.“

    The garden is open daily from 10am to 5pm . Free entry to tearoom (opens 9.15am), gift shop and plant sales.

    There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad from April to October (additional charge).