Wildlife spotting

Dairy Barns offers quality bed and breakfast rooms in the beautiful setting of a working farm home to livestock and wildlife. With both the Broads and coast close by, you don’t have to go far to spot the best of Norfolk’s wildlife with rare species of birds, butterflies and a seal colony.

Wildlife on the farm

Meet your neighbours, with livestock on the farm throughout the year, sheep grazing in the winter, and a suckler herd of beef cattle in the summer months.

Plenty of farm tracks, meadows and autumn stubble fields add to a beautiful place to spot some of our incredible Norfolk wildlife. So if you come to stay with us, take a walk around the farm and along the country lanes.

If you’re lucky, you may see a member of the Red Deer herd who lives in the woods behind the farm and regularly crosses the fields to graze, and we also see Muntjac, Chinese Water Deer and hares.

Birdwatchers paradise

The farm is a “birder’s” delight, and depending on the season, we regularly see the following…

  • Barn owls
  • Cranes
  • Marsh Harriers
  • Swallows
  • Housemartins
  • Skylarks
  • Pink Footed Geese
  • Kingfishers
  • Yellowhammers

Seal spotting all year round

With the coast less than 3 miles away, there are opportunities to spot seals throughout the year, either bopping in the sea during the summer or Winter when seal pups are born on the beach. Horsey Gap, only 5 minute drive away, is home to a colony of grey seals and a great place to watch the seals. Read our guide on the best places to see seals.

The Broads

The Broads National Park is like no other. Across land, sea and sky, there is so much wildlife to discover. It’s no surprise that the Broads is home to a number of rare species of birds, butterflies, insects and fish.