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The Venetian Waterways

Explore the Flora & Fauna

The Venetian Waterways and Gardens in Great Yarmouth offer a charming blend of history, horticulture, and wildlife. Situated alongside the 100.8-hectare North Denes (Sit of Special Scientific Interest), the Waterways Park provides a habitat for various species of flora and fauna. Below is a brief outline of the wildlife you might encounter in this picturesque setting.

What to expect

Birdlife: The Waterways attract a diverse array of bird species. Visitors may spot graceful swans gliding across the water, accompanied by their cygnets during the breeding season. Ducks and geese are also common sights, particularly mallards and Canada geese. Additionally, smaller birds such as coots and moorhens can be observed foraging along the banks or darting among the reeds. Depending on the season, you may be lucky enough to see cormorants, herons and little terns. 

Fish and Aquatic Life: Our waters support a variety of fish species, including carp, perch, and roach. These freshwater fish contribute to the ecosystem’s balance and provide opportunities for anglers. Moreover, the tranquil waters host a range of aquatic invertebrates, such as water beetles and dragonfly nymphs, which play essential roles in the food chain and ecosystem health.

Amphibians and Reptiles: The lush vegetation surrounding the Waterways provides ideal habitat for amphibians like frogs, toads, and newts. During the warmer months, visitors may hear the croaking calls of frogs or spot tadpoles swimming near the water’s edge. Additionally, while less commonly seen, certain reptiles such as grass snakes or common lizards may inhabit the area, especially in secluded spots amidst the vegetation.

Insects and Arachnids: The gardens and waterways support a rich diversity of insect life. Butterflies flit among the flowers in the warmer months, while bees and other pollinators busily gather nectar. Dragonflies and damselflies are frequently seen darting over the water, adding dashes of color to the landscape. Spiders, beetles, and various other invertebrates also thrive in this lush environment.

Mammals: While larger mammals may be less common in such urban settings, the Venetian Waterways still provide habitat for smaller creatures like voles and mice. Visitors may also occasionally catch glimpses of bats at dusk, as these nocturnal flyers emerge to hunt insects over the water.

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