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24th June 2023

Brown Hare by Ken Smith, Drove Orchard

Brown Hare at Drove Orchard by Ken Smith


This free joint wildlife event returns to Drove Orchards with the Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association (NOA), on Saturday 5rd August 2023, 10am-4pm.

The Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association will be teaming up with Drove Orchards for ‘Go Wild at Drove’, celebrating local wildlife and offering visitors the chance to get up close and see the amazing variety of birds, insects and plants at Drove Orchards.

The Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association, whose base at Holme Bird Observatory lies just to the north west of Drove Orchards beside the coastal footpath between Thornham and Holme next the Sea, will be on site to bring close encounters with birds, moths, butterflies, and caterpillars.

Guided walks around the orchards and wildlife-rich areas of the farm will take place during the day, and includes views of the 250 acres of re-wilded freshwater marshlands between Thornham Harbour and the Observatory created in the autumn of 2021 as part of a new Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England.

There will be lots of information and activities available near the PYO Orchards and in the on-site offices, including arts and crafts for children. There will also be a stall selling Drove Orchards seasonal produce, with cider and juice tasting so visitors can try the in-house produce for themselves.

Entry and parking is free. The event will run between 10am and 4pm, taking place just behind the farm shop car parking area. There will be goody bags for kids, and fun for all the family. For more information, visit the NOA website at www.noa.org.uk and follow the Events link in the menu bar. See also the Drove Orchards website at www.droveorchards.com