Hi, I’m Liam Smith. I am a wildlife crazy zoologist who produces educational films about British wildlife for my YouTube channel, A Shot of Wildlife and I am delighted to launch my regular feature for All Things Norfolk to share my passion with you of wildlife in Norfolk, starting with Whitlingham Broad.

I started A Shot of Wildlife after speaking to 90 6-7 year olds whilst at a school hosting a talk about hedgehogs. I asked the children to tell me what is their favourite animal. None of them, not one child, named a british species. I followed that question by asking them if they had seen their favourite animal in real life. Less than a third said that they had and only 1 child, whose favourite animal was a lion, had seen it in the wild. This shocked me, it worried me and it made me realise that more needs to be done. More needs to be done to teach children (and adults) about the amazing animals and wildlife that is here, in our parks, in our gardens and in our countryside. And so, A Shot Of Wildlife was born. 

Whitlingham Broad is an old, water-filled gravel pit within 15 minutes’ walk of Norwich City Centre (if you have long legs like me) and is a brilliant place to see both rare and common species. There is plenty of space for parking, an outdoors water sports center and even a café. It is the perfect place to spend an afternoon and the perfect place for me to film and introduce some local wildlife species.

Published in Norfolk Guide