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Top UK wetland rural breaks for 2016

January 6th, 2016 by Emily
Woodlakes lodges near Downham, Norfolk

Woodlakes lodges near Downham, Norfolk

UK wetlands are thriving, with new nature reserves assuring the futures of many of our most valued bird species. So, with 2016 set to be the best wetlands year yet in the UK, we’ve found the top destinations to enjoy a break in comfort and style.

Birdwatching in Norfolk

With nature reserves at Cley, Titchwell, Holkham, Blakeney, Snettisham and Welney all within easy reach, Norfolk has become the UK birdwatching capital. Whether it’s flocks of migrating geese, fierce predators like the marsh harrier and peregrine falcon, water birds like the curlew and kingfisher or rare warblers, budding ornithologists will be spoilt for choice.

Situated close to the banks of the River Great Ouse, Woodlakes lodges are an ideal base for your explorations. A group of log cabins surrounding a private lake, each sleeping 4-6, these comfortable lodges bring nature right to your door. And they’re also close to many of Norfolk’s charming villages and market towns.

Rural breaks in Somerset

The Somerset Levels have been mined for peat for millennia, but are now being returned to their natural wetland state. Otters and other aquatic mammals have since come back, alongside a host of marine waders. However, the real stars are the migrating starlings, which descend on Shapwick and Meare Heaths each winter in their millions.

A stay at The Piggery just outside Wells makes for a welcoming and relaxing retreat. Don’t be fooled by its name: this luxurious barn conversion accommodates up to four with chic contemporary furnishings, indoor pool, sauna and steam room, hot tub, gym and tennis court – the perfect tonic to a long day in the marshes.

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