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Springwatch: Play the Norfolk nature pub quiz

Norfolk has a rich wildlife heritage, a beautiful coastline and a wealth of habitats that support a hugely mixed range of species.

This rich biodiversity encourages thousands of visitors to the area each year, all keen to explore Norfolk's nature offer.

Now test your knowledge of the county's wildlife in this homage to the Springwatch Pub Quiz.

Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

Springwatch tested the nation in 2010 with its first interactive pub quiz on the red button, but how well do you know Norfolk's nature and wildlife facts? Questions courtesy of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Scene from a Springwatch Pub Quiz

1.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

Which British butterfly can only be found breeding in the Norfolk Broads?

Aerial view of Norfolk Broads
  1. Red Admiral
  2. White Admiral
  3. Swallowtail

2.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

Norfolk is home to one of the largest breeding colonies of little terns in western Europe. Where is it?

Little tern
  1. Great Yarmouth
  2. Blakeney Point
  3. Snettisham

3.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

What salt marsh plant used to be called 'poor man's asparagus'?

Norfolk salt marsh
  1. Sea lavender
  2. Sea kale
  3. Samphire

4.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

Pingos are a feature of Thompson Common nature reserve, but what are they?

Thompson Common
  1. A geological feature
  2. A rare type of amphibian
  3. Britain's only penquin colony

5.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

NWT Cley Marshes is the oldest Wildlife Trusts' nature reserve. When was it purchased?

Cley Marshes
  1. 1896
  2. 1926
  3. 1946

6.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

Harvest mice can often be found living in Norfolk reedbed, but what special feature helps them to do this?

Harvest mouse
  1. Opposable thumbs
  2. The ability to breath underwater
  3. A prehensile tail

7.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

What is an old Norfolk name for the barn owl?

Barn owl
  1. Billy Willy
  2. Billy Wix
  3. Billy Twix

8.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

Which plant, commonly seen at the coast, is thought to have been introduced by the Romans and is suggested as the county flower for Norfolk?

Stiffkey Marshes
  1. Alexanders
  2. Field poppy
  3. Sea kale

9.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

How many eggs can a female natterjack toad lay during the breeding season?

Natterjack toad
  1. Up to 7,500
  2. Up to 750
  3. Up to 75,000

10.) Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz

Which Norfolk nature reserve was the first to use rabbits as its main management tool?

  1. RSPB Strumpshaw Ren
  2. Holkham NNR
  3. NWT Weeting Heath


  1. The swallowtail is the largest British butterfly and has a wingspan of eight to 10cm. In England it is now only found on the Broads, much of this due to the fact its caterpillars only feed on the rare milk parsley plant which grows in the area.
  2. Little terns regularly breed on the beach at North Denes, Great Yarmouth, where they are protected by RSPB volunteers. You can also see them diving for fish along the Norfolk coast at Blakeney, Holkham, Wells and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves at Cley Marshes and Holme Dunes.
  3. Samphire, also known as glasswort, is harvested from salt marshes along the Norfolk coast and sold in the summer as a food delicacy. You will find samphire at Morston, Blakeney and Burnham Overy where it grows along the lower edges of the salt marshes.
  4. Pingoes are shallow ground despressions, thought to have formed at the end of the last ice-age. Some of the best examples of this feature in Britain are at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Thompson Common reserve where you can follow the Great Eastern Pingoe trail.
  5. The purchase of Cley Marshes in 1926 led to the formation of the Norfolk Naturalists Trust, the first wildlife trust in Britain. It all started at Cley when a group of people met in The George pub and decided to protect the area for its rare birds.
  6. Though harvest mice are no longer common on farmland, they can be found in reedbeds on a number of Norfolk's nature reserve such as Cley Marshes and Hickling. They use their tails to help them climb grass and reed stems to feed on the ripe seeds at the top.
  7. The barn owl, or Billy Wix, is also known as Hush Wing from it silent flight. Norfolk is a real strong-hold for this nationally rare bird. They hunt over rough grassland and marshland and have an eerie blood-curdling scream rather than soft hooting.
  8. Alexanders, also known as horse parsley, dominates many road verges and paths along the Norfolk coast. Commonly eaten by the Romans as a food plant, its stems were eaten like celery.
  9. The natterjack toad is very rare but can still be found on nature reserves like Holme Dunes near Holme-next-the-Sea. It can be recognised by a yellow stripe down its back and usually lives in small pools in sand dune areas along the coast.
  10. Rabbits help keep the grass at Weeting Heath very short and create bare areas of ground - exactly the conditions favoured by the rare stone curlew for nesting and for many rare Breckland plants and insects which would not survive in longer vegetation.

Springwatch: Norfolk Nature Pub Quiz - Your Score

0 - 4 : Oops! Time to hit the nature books and swot up

5 - 7 : A good display of your Norfolk nature knowledge

8 - 10 : Congratulations, you're a Norfolk nature geek

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