Sandringham, Wolferton and Dersingham Bog

Wrote on the 24/11/2019

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Many of you will know Sandringham, and it is where the queens have one of her homes, well one must have loads of them when the taxpayer pays for it one must!! Haha. Sandringham and its vast forest is the place I am interested in. It is the most significant place I can walk free without walking along roads or being bored out of my head like I would 22 miles away from where I once lived in Wisbech in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

I've been visiting Sandringham since a child; it hasn't changed hardly at all apart from the loose of a small bird hide that stood next to a small pond in the forest.

A carpet of green ferns in the shade of pine trees at Sandringham forest Norfolk.

Most people will be drawn to the visitor's centre and to see Sandringham house hoping to get a glimpse of what their taxes go into, but they are often out of luck. Walk away from the commercial side of Sandringham and into the deeper parts of the forest and woodlands, you will find some beautiful walks and an almost natural and wild landscape. If you chose to visit in autumn, you might see some vibrant colours. For the lover of fungi Sandringham and it's surrounding woodlands is full of mushrooms in all shapes and colours and the trees can look beautiful with brilliant golden yellows, and deep orange tones, I often say its when mother nature lets her hair down and goes crazy with all the colours in the rainbow.

Wolferton and its disused railway line

Sandringham forest and woodland in Autumn colours North Norfolk. Fog and mist over Dersingham Bog wooden gate in woods Black and White landscape Norfolk Wolferton is a small hamlet to the northeast of Sandringham, has two exciting features, the church of St Peter's (used by the queen often) and the railway station that feels it if was frozen in time when it, as closed in 1969, has exquisite architecture throughout. It was the mainline from King's Lynn to Hunstanton. My mother used to board the train at Tydd Gote Cambridgeshire, (closed 1959) travel to Sutton Bridge, over the iron swing bridge (the last train to cross was in 1965 and now the A17 road bridge) and onto the train station In Lynn which is still in use today then past Wolferton and finally to Hunstanton.

St Peter's is located on the edge of the village, with beautiful views of the West Lynn and Babingley countryside, the grounds are small but beautiful with large pain trees and a stone wall around the churchyard. The 13th-century church itself looks quite stunning with its rusty red Sandringham carstone, dug locally I guess, the colour of the stone matches the surrounds so well it almost feels that churches like this grow alongside the trees.

Picturesque great Britain, Wolferton St Peters church Sandringham, artwork photography

Dersingham Bog nation nature reserve and humanmade screw-up

And finally Dersingham Bog nation nature reserve and humanmade screw-up, I can honestly say that I have over the years I have been coming here, and that's only 40 years, that I have never seen such a mess in all my life, this is man-management gone mad.

Let me explain, before the wetland you see today, Dersingham Bog landscape Sandringham Norfolk in autumn colours with a lone tree reflection in water. it was mostly pine forest. In the mid-1990s, most of the pine trees were cut down and removed and over time the swamp to shape. Still, Natural England had left many trees dotted here and there, Norfolk landscape photography, Sandringham and Dersingham bogI used to see a lot of nature, birds, lizards, snakes and deers but now hardly anything. Nowdays, they are still not happy with the way it looks, Natural England wanted some rare plants to grow back and wanted other types of birds. I remember it well, they introduced a pair of buzzards, but the birds didn't take to this fake world so left.

Like bulls in a china shop, English nature started removing bushes, trees and saplings, this had a terrible effect on many birds, it drove them away along with many other creatures. The mess has not stopped there, this year (2019) even more trees removed, I often walk and hear hardly any birds, you may see birds along the edges of what's left of the woods, but that's about it.

I managed to talk to a warden who was carrying out a survey last year, he stated that they have spent millions on this place and have made such a mess, talks are also ongoing into whether the nature leaves should be closed to people, its to hide their embracement.

Dersingham Bog is a prime example of humans trying to control nature, but nature has other ideas. They set out to make a perfect world but have made a mess. I've said it before, and I will repeat it, mess with mother nature and she will bite.

Fall colours Artwork to buy online, Dersingham nature reserve landscape  Norfolk UK It's a strange yet beautiful place, and if you stand at the top of any of the hills that overlooks that wetland area it is a lovely sight, you can see for miles, The wash marshes to the left and on a clear day the tall spire of Snettisham church.

Snow coming across winter landscape photography, Dersingham Bog North Norfolk canvas printsThe nature reserve looks dramatic in moody weather, and when it snows it takes on a look that would not look at of place in Scotland.

Even with the mess humans have caused, Dersingham Bog is still a quality visit, and it's free to enter, parking is free too if a bit limited. In early summer you will see the colourful rhododendrons around Sandringham, they are a beautiful sight if a little distracting when you drive through the forest.

Sandringham, Wolferton and Dersingham Bog