Twilight Time in Buckenham Marshes

The area around Buckenham Marshes offers a unique opportunity to see the special changes which take place within the natural landscape during that liminal time-zone between dusk and nightfall. 

Make your hideaway in the grassy verges, on the seats by the river edge or inside the cosy bird hide and settle down for the evening’s entertainment. A hot flask and blanket might help. As the sun slowly sinks behind the trees look out for a flurry of activity as the wintering waterfowl busily finish the business of the day and prepare for the long night ahead.

Meanwhile, look out over the marshes and you’ll see rabbits emerge from their warrens full of energy, ready to begin their day. In the distance look closely and you could see deer stepping out from the edge of the woods.

As the light fades you might notice the occasional black silhouette flitting overhead. This signals the arrival of corvids gathering for their evening roost. The birds will rest in a copse of trees in the middle of the marsh and begin a chorus of croaks and caws which form their cryptic conversations. Single birds emerge from the melee sending out siren calls as they fly. Watch for their return, a few minutes later, bringing with them an ever increasing and noisier number of fellow corvids to join the twilight celebrations. As the sky darkens and the sun disappears, sit patiently. You will be rewarded. After a few false starts the whole chattering, swooping, diving gathering will take flight and journey on to its overnight shelter.

Please note that public transport to this location is limited, however, train travel may be arranged on weekends.

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