You don’t have to be an expert to make a valuable contribution to local knowledge of Norfolk’s wildlife. Recording wildlife is an easy way to get involved in wildlife conservation; it is a way of helping us to monitor wildlife within the county, helping us to gain an understanding of an animal’s or plant’s distribution.
Every wildlife record counts and will be of value to us. Your sightings can help us identify areas which are especially important for wildlife in your local area and help us identify species in decline or under threat.
So, spring into action and help Norfolk’s wildlife by telling us where and when you see tawny owls, woodcocks or snowdrops in Norfolk in December, January and February.
Please note detailed locations will not be shown on our website map which is at a resolution ensuring that the information is of no value to anyone wishing to harm these species.
This elusive bird of woodland has beautiful markings that help it to blend into its surrounding h...
The tawny owl with its distinctive toowit twoo call can be found throughout Norfolk. At dusk look...
In the cold depths of winter the snowdrop offers hope of a new season approaching as the flowers ...
Why send your woodcock sightings?
The woodcock is a dumpy short-legged wader about the size of a pigeon but with a long straight bill. It has beautifully barred brown plumage that provides the perfect disguise in its favoured woodland habitat.
Woodcock are resident all year in the UK, except the south west, with the best places to see them in Norfolk in wooded areas, they prefer deciduous woodlands but can also be found in coniferous woods within the Brecks Living Landscape area. In the winter migrant birds from Finland and Scandinavia increase the UK’s resident population and more birds are seen in areas of coastal woodland.
In the UK as a whole the woodcock is on the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern, in Norfolk the population is widespread but scattered with localised concentrations where there is suitable habitat. Please keep your eyes peeled and if you see woodcock submit your sighting.
The tawny owl is about the size of a woodpigeon but it has a rounded body and head with a ring of dark feathers around its facial disk. Tawny owls are usually reddish brown, but the colour can vary to greyish brown, and are mottled and streaked. They have pale ‘eyebrows’ above their facial disk. You are more likely to hear tawny owls than see them. They have the repeated kewick call in the winter as well as the longer classic hooting – toowit from the female followed by the twoo of the male.
Why send your tawny owl sightings?
Tawny owls are widespread and each pair will have its own territory with the young owls moving away once they are fledged. They are found in wooded areas sitting close to the trunk of a tree, especially where there are broadleaf trees that provide them with large holes for nesting. They are frequently seen in parks and gardens and will use suitable nesting boxes.
Nationally the tawny owl has an amber conservation status because of the decline of their breeding population. This December, January and February please keep your eyes peeled and if you see a tawny owl please do submit your sightings.
In the cold depths of winter the snowdrop offers hope of a new season approaching as the flowers emerge through frost and snow in woodlands, verges and our gardens. With its white downward facing cup-flowers and bluish-green leaves this is one of Britain’s most easily recognised flowers. Flowers grow solitary on a stalk, if you look carefully you will notice that the white petals are trimmed with a green colouration.
Why send your snowdrop sightings?
The snowdrop is found throughout Norfolk. It is not native to Britain being first recorded as a garden plant in 1597, with the first wild record logged by 1778. So, although not of conservation concern we are often asked where people can see the best display of snowdrops, so help us put snowdrops on the map so other people can enjoy this beautiful flower.
• Tawny owlets are good climbers and can climb back to their nests.
• Tawny owls, together with other owl species, have been seen as omens of bad luck.
• Tawny owls have never been recorded in Ireland.
• Male tawny owls may be heard calling during the day.
• The wingtips of the leading primary feathers were used as brush tips by artists for fine painting work.
• The woodcock is also known as ‘Snipe of the Wood’.
• Female woodcock have been seen to carry their young between their legs and body.
• The scientific name for the snowdrop comes from the Greek words ‘gala’ and ‘anthos’ meaning milk flower.
• People who collect snowdrops are known as galanthophiles.
• There are 75 different varieties and species of snowdrop.