Dersingham Bog

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Dersingham Bog is part of the Sandringham Royal Estate and includes the largest, most intact example of an acid valley mire in East Anglia. It is also one of the last remaining fragments of lowland heathland in south east England.

Dersingham Bog

The site lies on the north west Norfolk Greensand escarpment. It is notable for a rock dating from the Lower Cretaceous Period known as 'Dersingham Formation’ that has been important in understanding the geology of the region.

Dersingham Bog contains three distinct habitats, mire, heath and woodland. Acid valley mire is found over much of the low-lying parts of the reserve where the ground is waterlogged for most of the year. Dersingham Bog contains the largest remaining example of this kind of habitat in East Anglia. The Mire’s make-up of wet acid peat makes it ideal conditions for some rare and diverse species of plants such as bog asphodels, round-leaved sundew, white beaked sedge and cranberry. The Mire also has some rare insects such as the black darter dragonfly and moths such as the light knot grass. In the dark it is possible to see glow-worms. The mire lies on shallow peat and is bordered on one side by a steep escarpment containing large areas of dry heath and woodland that marks the edge of an ancient coastline. The woodland at Dersingham is quite recent and contains Scots pine, oak, sweet chestnut, sycamore and birch. The woodland glades attract birds such as redpoll, crossbill, long-eared owl, tree pipit, woodlark, shelduck, nightjar, and sparrow hawk.

Site Information
Address:
Dersingham Bog, Dersingham, King's Lynn, PE31 6HF, Norfolk
Visitor Information
Parking
Yes
Dog friendly
Yes
Features
Wildlife
Nearby Attractions
Attraction 1:
Sandringham House, Museum and Gardens
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2.12 Miles Away
Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.
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Attraction 2:
Castle Rising Castle
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2.39 Miles Away
Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England. The stone keep, built in around 1140 AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, ensures that Rising is a castle of national importance.
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Attraction 3:
Ruins of St Mary the Virgin, Appleton
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2.74 Miles Away
A small round towered church, ruined since the 18th century, which has recently been restored.
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Attraction 4:
RSPB Snettisham
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2.9 Miles Away
Wildlife observation hides give panoramic views across the saline lagoons, salt marsh and the vast expanse of mudflats that make up The Wash. On the biggest high tides from late summer onwards, tens of thousands of wading birds take flight as the incoming tide pushes them off the vast mudflats.
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Attraction 5:
Roydon and Grimston Warren
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3.57 Miles Away
These fantastic adjacent reserves form part of NWT’s Gaywood Valley Living Landscape, and share a rich mosaic of habitats. They include the Tony Hallatt Memorial Reserve, and we have added in recent years The Delft and Rising Heath.
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