Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, near Fakenham, opened its doors to the public on Saturday, 22 May 2010, for the fourth Wild About the Wensum event. All photos by Claire Borley.
Wild About the Wensum is an open day attended by local and national wildlife organisations, aimed at highlighting the importance of Norfolk's wildlife along the River Wensum.
As well as collecting free packets of seeds to sow at home, there were workshops and opportunities to learn about Pensthorpe's environment.
The carefully maintained habitat at Pensthorpe means that there are many species of bird to be spotted and photographed, including greylag geese.
There were lots of species to learn about at Pensthorpe, both indigenous and those introduced by man, including crayfish which were introduced from America.
Visitors of all ages were encouraged to learn about the environment around them and find out how they can help the wildlife in their area.
While some of the birds at Pensthorpe are prevented from flying free, others, like this black headed gull, are able to roam the reserve freely.
Andy Archer and Alan Gray took their Garden Party out on the road as BBC Radio Norfolk broadcasted live from the event at Pensthorpe.
Green-fingered listeners were invited to come along to Pensthorpe and put their questions to Andy and his team of gardening experts.
Crowds gathered to watch talks about wildlife on the BBC Radio Norfolk stage as well as listening to Andy Archer's gardening advice.
The public can get up close and personal with the wildlife at Pensthorpe and even experience young being fed by their mother, like this baby coot.
Photographers were afforded the opportunity to capture shots of wildlife in its natural habitat without disturbing the environment.
Every year Wild About the Wensum singles out a species for particular attention to help promote its importance in the Wensum Valley, with all money raised on the day going to support that species.
The nominated species at the event was the house sparrow. "House sparrows across the country are in decline, mainly due to the fact that the nesting areas are being taken away," said event organiser Kirsty Willingham.
The River Wensum was made a European Special Area Of Conservation in 2004 to protect the animals and vegetation that flourish in the rich habitat of the river, including Mandarin ducks at Pensthorpe.
Springwatch will begin broadcasting from Pensthorpe Nature Reserve on Monday, 31 May 2010, and the crew were on hand to get young visitors' opinions on the wildlife on show.