Cley Marshes is a well-known and very popular Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) nature reserve. It has been a valuable, saved habitat since the marsh land was purchased by keen birdwatcher Dr Sydney Long in 1926, to be conserved as a safe site for breeding birds.
In 2007 the NWT opened the eco-friendly Visitor Centre just off the Coast Road to offer more wildlife information plus refreshments for the increasing numbers of visitors interested in birdwatching. The main building has a beautiful living/green roof planted mostly with sedums and the neighbouring thatched building provides an exhibition space.
The newest addition to the Visitor Centre complex is the glass and cedar wood building that is the ‘Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre’.
“The new Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre will provide visitors and groups with events for all ages and abilities. We want to inspire them through fun activities, talks, walks, performances and exhibitions as well as adult and school workshops.”
Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Brendan Joyce.
Then, when you look away across the marshes from the new seating area even on a very cold, extremely windy grey day, you can just see the North Sea.
And finally, why ‘I spy’, well, for non-locals Cley is pronounced like ‘spy’ and if you think that is a little odd how about Costessey pronounced ‘cossy’ and Happisburgh actually pronounced ‘haze brough’!