Birds of the Brecks

The Brecks Guides provide an affordable and informative introduction to the wildlife of the area. Pocket-sized, they are the ideal companions for a day out in the countryside.

The Brecks form a unique area of inland East Anglia, straddling the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Recognised as one of the most important parts of the United Kingdom in terms of biodiversity, they encompass tracts of forest, heathland and arable farmland, threaded by river corridors. These diverse habitats support a range of fascinating wildlife.

Well established as a popular destination for birdwatchers, the area is home to some of Britain’s rarest and most sought-after species, with excellent birding possible throughout the year. This handy guide will help you identify the special birds of the area, explaining how to distinguish them from more familiar species and directing you to the best places and times of year at which to find them.

Drawing on the expertise of author Su Gough, and using information from BTO surveys, this photographic guide provides a wealth of information on the birds to be found in the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks. From familiar species like Sparrowhawk and Tawny Owl through to star species like Stone-curlew and Nightjar, the book covers all of the species you are likely to encounter in the area. It also highlights the best sites to visit.

This book was funded by a partnership, involving The Breckland Society (, British Trust for Ornithology (, Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (, Suffolk Naturalists’ Society ( and the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists’ Society (

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