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Norfolk Broads: a local’s guide to the Wherryman’s Way

Follow in Billy Bluelight’s footsteps – seeing wildlife and great pubs – along the 35-mile Wherryman’s Way footpath from Norwich to Great Yarmouth

At half past eleven every morning, as a boat packed with Yarmouth trippers bound for Norwich cruised past Bramerton, a strange figure would materialise on the riverbank.

Dressed in shorts, vest and cricket cap, and garlanded with a heavy array of medals, the man would call out: “My name is Billy Bluelight, my age is 45, I hope to get to Carrow Bridge before the boat arrive.”

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Salisbury travel tips: great bustard birdwatching on the plain

Salisbury Plain is the perfect spot for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts to catch a glimpse of the once extinct great bustard

Between the middle of the 19th century and the early 21st, the heaviest wild breeding bird in the UK was the mute swan at around 11kg. In 2004, a retired policeman from Wiltshire hatched a plan, and later an egg, which has raised that weight by nearly half. David Waters and his team have reintroduced the great bustard.

“It has been a long and painful route,” says David. “The basic motivation is: I thought it was a good idea and nobody else seemed prepared to undertake it. If there’s one thing I hate in life, it’s the phrase, ‘someone ought to do something’.”

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