Ross' Wildlife Boat Trips
Ross' Wildlife Boat Trips
5
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
About
Guided wildlife boat trips on Horsey Mere, Norfolk Broads - one hour trips available from Spring to Autumn. (Bathroom facilities and 'food available for purchase' available on land close by, not on board). Wildlife trips start again 1st April for the 2019 season which ends October depending on weather!
Mustard Hyrn, Norfolk, England
Meets animal welfare guidelines

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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Musemonster
Wivenhoe, UK337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I found this trip online purely by chance and it turned out to be the highlight of our weekend away. When we arrived at the jetty on the Sunday morning the next trip was fully booked so we pencilled ourselves in for the 12.15 slot. This turned out to be a real bonus as we ended up having the boat to ourselves so it felt more like a private trip. On arrival, the skipper, Philip asked if we were time constrained, which we weren’t, as one of the baby Swallows nesting on the boat had fledged that morning and he thought the others might go. We alighted the boat and sat within close proximity of the nest watching the remaining 3 fledglings flapping and displaying signs of leaving. I felt like a little kid, being that close... then something odd and very funny happened – the 4th fledgling decided he wasn’t sure about the outside world after all and returned to the nest and settled back down! Philip then decided that we should set off as they obviously weren’t quite ready yet! The trip itself was absolutely brilliant; if you love nature or just being out on the water and enjoying the scenery then we would highly recommend it. We were blessed in a number of ways, as in the weather was glorious (for a change) and we had the joy of probably being some of the last visitors to see the Swallows before they fledged. We also got to see a pair of Spoonbills as Philip knew where they were, as well as great views of a Marsh Harrier and Buzzard, a Sedge Warbler and tons of dragonflies and damsels dancing around the boat. When he stopped the engine at times it was so peaceful that all you could hear was the breeze rustling through the reeds. Philip’s knowledge is second to none, making it an informative and educational trip which would be great for kids or adults to learn more about nature, sailing and the local area and history of it. Philip is a very engaging, funny and lovely guy and we wish him all the best for the future, whatever it brings :) Superb value for such a brilliant trip, one of the best we have ever experienced in the UK. Thanks!
Written July 29, 2021
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Huzzah-B-H
United Kingdom6 contributions
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Jun 2021
Our 3rd peerless trip with Ross, and the best yet. Ross, ever the raconteur and wit, provides an hour of best wildlife education and entertainment available for £10 anywhere in the Kingdom.

He is a true Broadsman of the old school, versed in every area of rural life and wildlife on Horsey Mere and the Broads and his delivery is never less than perfect.

Pick the right season and time of day and you will see enough native species to keep any budding Attenboroughs (and probably the real one too), more than satisfied. Swallowtails, Marsh Harriers, Spotted Chaser, Crane, Heron, and Bittern all seen or heard among many others during out trip.

I really cannot commend Ross highly enough, the best 60 minutes of every one of our trips to Norfolk.
Written June 9, 2021
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natf148
Lincolnshire, UK240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
If you're on the broads then I would thoroughly recommend going on one the wildlife boat trip.
We were very fortunate that although we hadn't booked we managed to get on the first trip of the day, although when we returned it looked like there may have been some disappointed people as there were a lot of people waiting.

Payment is by cash (or bank transfer if like us you don't have the correct money with you) and if you're not a National Trust member there is a charge for the car park.

We didn't see loads and loads of wildlife on the trip due to the time of year, but it didn't make it any less enjoyable and Ross is very knowledgeable explaining everything we saw on the trip.
Written September 20, 2021
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Sale_Matt
Sale, UK5 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Family
We enquired about availability by text at 8am and were able to book a space for five of us on the 9am trip that same morning.

Our skipper for the trip was Philip, who provided an entertaining commentary throughout the journey. Philip’s eyesight is incredible as he was able to spot birds a long, long way in the distance and draw our attention to them in good time as they approached the boat. He clearly very knowledgeable about the different species of wildlife and about the history and customs of the area in general.

Good value for money and a great alternative to hiring your own boat.
Written August 23, 2021
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Becky H
North Yorkshire, UK8 contributions
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Oct 2021 • Friends
Really informative and entertaining. We went with Phil in early October, so not loads of wildlife but we did still manage to see some impressive birds of prey. Phil kept us entertained throughout and informed about the history of the broads and surrounding areas. It's really refreshing to learn about an area from a local. This trip is also dog friendly, which is a bonus! Would highly recommend, we intend to return in the spring/summer when there is more wildlife to see.
Written October 2, 2021
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ML Cromer
Cromer, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We all had a lovely time with Ross on his wildlife tour this week.

It's fair to say that the wildlife was not plentiful as the autumn is here, but that did not detract from the experience. Ross is clearly very knowledgeable about the wildlife - we saw Heron, Geese, Marsh Harriers in flight more than once, and enjoyed the sound of warblers, as Ross delightfully imitated their call so we could identify the sound. We also saw Pied Wagtail, also it seems known as 'Chiswick Flyover's' because of their distinctive call; and I know Chiswick Flyover very well!

It is also very clear that Ross is enthusiastic about his topic, and about the history of the wildlife and of the Broads.

Thank you Ross, well worth the visit.
Written October 18, 2020
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Martyn C
Portsmouth, UK12 contributions
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Jun 2021
A great boat trip. Ross was very entertaining with good banter and a broad knowledge of the wildlife etc. He constantly keeps you aware of the wildlife sighted ahead along with the general history of the area.
The boat was smallish with only 12 on board which made it more enjoyable, sliding gently through the water with dragonflies all around and marsh harriers soaring up on the thermals and looking down at us. We were also thrilled to see the swallowtail butterfly, which only lives in Norfolk and is spectacular due to its size and colouring.
A wonderful hour spent on the boat, combined with a visit to the nearby windpump and walking trails nearby, made for an excellent day out. Thank you Ross.
Written June 22, 2021
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Emma T
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Sep 2020 • Family
This was a wonderful trip with a very knowledgeable skipper who pointed out a lot of wildlife for us from birds to dragonflies. Care had been taken to disinfect the boat and equipment so it felt safe to be on board in these covid times. Great white egret and common cranes trumpeting were a huge bonus. Highly recommend.
Written September 4, 2020
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Gill W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We went out with Ross on Friday. It was a superb experience all round. The booking system (not on-line) is simple but effective. The trip was perfect; Ross and his co-skipper were so knowledgeable about the birds and wildlife and made it all really interesting as well as fun. We saw several Swallowtails which was amazing but the highlight was seeing a pair of marsh harriers do their 'drop and feed' exchange right over the boat! Unfortunately we were not able to get photos to capture these special moments. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in the wildlife on The Broards.
Written June 17, 2023
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Ibrahim G
Huddersfield, UK126 contributions
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Aug 2022
After going on to the Horsey windpump page I found that this boat trip was available and that it had good reviews so decided to book a trip. Booking was easy with communication by a simple Text message. I had all this sorted before we arrived in Norfolk. So, after we had been to the windpump and had a little something to eat, we went down to the boat which isn't much of a walk on the well-maintained footpath. The trip itself with Phil (as Ross was on a rare holiday) is an hour-long entertaining (he's, shall we say, not keen on Great Yarmouth and it's visiting clientele and comes out with quite a few quips), informative trip about the location you are in the history and the local attractions.
Written September 1, 2022
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