Norfolk, with its stunning and diverse landscapes and coastline and rich wildlife, attracts many visitors each year to this beautiful area. But for people interested in the County's wealth of animals and plants, the question often arises: where to go to see particular species and when? Norfolk Wildlife provides the answers in terms of wild animals and plants, more especially mammals, birds, butterflies, dragon- and damselflies and orchids, where and when best to see them, along with very useful suggestions about suitable apparel and footwear for particular sites, information on-site as well as local facilities, and lists of the species you are likely to see at each location. Whilst Norfolk Wildlife is not an identification field guide as such, it is a valuable complementary guide, providing essential information, more especially for those visiting Norfolk for the first time, on how to discover for themselves the diverse habitats and the amazing local wildlife.
Adrian M. Riley is the author of numerous books about wildlife, including field guides, for example his best selling British and Irish Butterflies and Arrivals and Rivals: Duel for the Winning Bird, the latter about his aim to see as many bird species as possible throughout the British Isles within a single year. Adrian was born in Birmingham, but grew up in Shropshire where his deep interest and knowledge about wildlife, especially butterflies, moths and birds, first took root. For many years he worked as a professional entomologist and moth recorder at the world famous Rothamsted agricultural research station in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. For the past 20 years, he has lived in Norfolk from where he provides wildlife tours, both within the county, the UK and mainland Europe.
"A super book (now on my Christmas list!) for anyone who lives in East Anglia, or visits the popular and rich wildlife sites in Norfolk. [...] You may already have your own favourite Norfolk site, which may or may not be covered in what can only ever be a bit of a personal choice, but you will definitely be tempted to visit a selection of new and unfamiliar sites and explore the wealth of wildlife found there after reading this book. I’d love to see a Suffolk volume!"
– Su Gough, BTO book reviews
"Many naturalists will know already that Norfolk is a special location for birdwatching. This guide opens your eyes to the many other wildlife highlights the county can offer, with locations and advice given on how to see not only birds, but also butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, amphibians, fish and plants. [...] Despite a few inaccuracies, this book is well laid out and easy to use, it has many fine photographs, and is a useful guide for those visiting Norfolk for the first time."
– Paul Nichols, www.britishbirds.co.uk, 28-01-2014