To be perfectly honest, we cannot believe that any negative feedback is warranted about Natural Surroundings and would disregard the previous feedback left....if we could leave six star feedback we most certainly would!. We visited three times last year and found something different every time. Firstly we would have to state that Andrew, and all his staff, were extremely welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them, Andrew even set up two moth traps for us on request (i am an avid moth trapper and record species for our county) even though he was short-handed on one particular day and was running the place single handedly, he still managed to find time to do this for us and converse with us on the species caught....this would be totally beyond the remit of anywhere else we have visited and shows how incredibly accommodating Andrew is...absolutely fantastic!
Our first visit, during late September 2012, was a wonderful experience and was the case on each subsequent visit. The grounds are managed in a natural and sympathetic way, hence the name Natural Surroundings, and there really is something here for everyone at any time of the year. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the woods, past the river and onto the boardwalk which takes you back to the main part of the site. We are avid wildlife lovers and lost count of the amount of species we saw on our walk,and even if your particular interest is not in this area, you can still enjoy the walk through leafy wooded glades, taking in the scenery and enjoying the tranquillity. We also enjoyed viewing the Red Squirrels in their enclosure and the 'Badgers House' is great fun for any age group, not to mention the fantastic work being undertaken with the Harvest Mouse reintroduction/breeding programme.
The rustic charm of the cafe and shop are a joy to behold, nothing like the 'clinical' feel of many other better known Norfolk reserves. We cannot think of a more relaxing way to indulge in a hot coffee/tea with a slice (or three!) of the delicious cakes on offer,than watching birds visiting the feeders such as Marsh Tit, G/S Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Treecreeper, all from the comfort of a cafe chair!
We think that the £4 entrance fee is money well spent, and lets be honest, where else could you find such a place that offers so much for so little?. We intend to visit during May and are looking forward to meeting Andrew and his friendly staff once again.
Natural Surroundings is a 'gem' in the Norfolk crown and we cannot recommend it highly enough.
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