Recently Adam’s Pre-School invite the children to take part in a bird watching competition. The children were given a bird chart from the Woodland Trust and a sponsor form. We were to look out for and identify birds that we could see at a particular time. Although Adam rarely stays still long enough to see birds, we set off on our first bird watching adventure. Armed with our binoculars, bird watching sheet and our wellies, we visited Burlingham Woods.
We regularly visit Burlingham Woods as it is only a short drive from home. We started going when Adam was a few months old. During our Yorkshire 3 Peaks training we would go once a week.
Situated 8 miles east of Norwich, the wood is signposted from the A47 at North Burlingham. The car park is next to St Andrews Church. There are a few circular walks from this point of varying distances. The Drive Plantation and Millennium Wood are pushchair friendly and in previous visits our icandy pushchair was able to withstand the terrain of the Belt Plantation and Long Plantation. This makes it an ideal toddler friendly wood.
As we had our wellies on we opted to go the muddy route – the pink track on the map above from the car park. Adam kept telling me he could hear birds but we didn’t spot any… yet!
Although there were several cars in the car park we didn’t see anyone on our walk. It is a peaceful walk despite being so close to the main road. Adam loves the freedom of the wood and is usually found walking in front.
Unfortunately Adam wasn’t too keen on the binoculars. Eventually he held them but would not put them around his neck. I feel bird watching will be a gradual process with Adam.
However, there is a clearing within Burlingham Woods and Adam sat on the bench for a while as we looked for birds. We managed to see 6 Blackbirds and 1 robin. Adam was very excited that he got to draw a circle around the Robin.
Burlingham Woods is used for a number of art projects. As well as fifteen bronze plaques between Burlingham and Acle, the Drive Plantation is used to display natural artwork created by Acle Academy students as part of their GCSE. Each year new items are added as the older artwork changes and decays with time. Despite doing the walk for a couple of years I am still spotting hidden artwork amongst the trees. It is great to get young children to focus on their environment as they look for the displays. Adam’s favourite artwork are the colourful totem poles which he loves to hug.
Are you looking for other toddler friendly days out around Norfolk? Then take a look at our Adventures of Adam around Norfolk guide:
Adam was 2 years and 5 months old.