Cley East (East Bank to Iron Road)

Much of this area was purchased in 2012 to join the Cley and Salthouse Marshes reserves and make a single coastal reserve of more than 300 hectares. It is made up of wet grazing marshes and reedbed. Arnold’s Marsh at the north of this area is a brackish lagoon owned by the National Trust but managed by NWT. The area can be circumnavigated by public and permitted paths via the grassy Attenborough Walk in the south, the Iron Road in the east then along the shingle and back down East Bank.

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Since the purchase in 2012 this part of the reserve has been renovated with new pools including Watling Water and the Babcock Hide. The water level is now managed with the Serpentine remaining wet all year round.

The meadows hold breeding Lapwings and Oystercatchers. Avocets and Redshank often nest by the pools. Marsh Harriers breed in the reedbed. The Serpentine and wet meadows just east of East Bank have often held rare waders. You can also usually find Brent Geese here in winter.

Arnold’s Marsh holds a good variety of waders all year round and terns can often be found resting here in summer. The shingle north of here is the best place to see Snow Buntings in winter.

Sea Pool, another brackish pool, holds waders with large numbers of Curlew roosting overnight in winter. Snipe’s Marsh, which is a reed-fringed pool south of the A149 between Walsey Hills and North

Snipe’s Marsh is a good place to find Jack Snipe in autumn and one of the few places to see breeding Pochard and Tufted Ducks in the Cley area.