NORFOLK CONSERVATION CORPS by decree

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									December 5th HICKLING BROAD (18 miles NE Norwich), O.S. map 134, grid ref. 426 198
Hickling Broad is 1,500 acres of National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is
home to Marsh harriers, Bitterns and Swallowtail butterflies, so there is always lots to see. We will be
clearing scrub from a fence line and path on the south side of the reserve (near Potter Heigham church).
Please note that, although this is part of the reserve, it is on the opposite side of the broad to the Visitor
Centre.

December 12th STRUMPSHAW FEN (7 miles E Norwich), O.S. map 134, grid ref. 342 067
This RSPB Reserve is beside the River Yare, and contains open water (Strumpshaw Broad), scrapes,
woodland, grazing marshes and extensive reed beds. We will be burning reed to maintain the quality of
the reed beds.

CHRISTMAS TASK
December 19th LOLLY MOOR (2 miles S Dereham), O.S. map 132, grid ref. 992 103
This is a small reserve, but one which clearly shows the effect of our conservation work. When we began
working here in 1979, the site was dominated by just a few species of tall plants such as willow herb. The
regular mowing has resulted in a large increase in the number of wild flower species, including orchids.
We will be clearing and burning scrub from edge of open fen.
As this is the Christmas task, we will be following Corps tradition by sharing goodies round the fire at the
end of the task. There should be baked potatoes, hot soup and anything else you care to bring along. You
might find it useful to bring a mug or something similar to eat the soup from!

January 2nd SWANGEY FEN (2 miles SW Attleborough), O.S. map 144, grid ref. 015 933
This reserve is owned by the Otter Trust, and is a mixture of open fen, dykes, and wet woodland. It is
important mainly for insects and plants. We will be winching and mattocking out tree stumps to increase
the area of open fen.

January 9th BOOTON COMMON (1 mile E Reepham), O.S. map 133, grid ref. 110 228
The common contains an interesting variety of plant communities including dry heath, mixed scrub,
grassland, alder carr, wet mixed coppice and fen. We will be clearing scrub from the open fen.

January 16th HICKLING BROAD (18 miles NE Norwich), O.S. map 134, grid ref. 428 222
Hickling Broad is 1,500 acres of National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is
home to Marsh harriers, Bitterns and Swallowtail butterflies, so there is always lots to see. We will be
cutting and burning reed to maintain the quality of the reed beds.

January 23rd PENSTHORPE (2miles SE Fakenham), O.S. map 132, grid ref. 947 291
Pensthorpe is 500 acres of ancient fen meadows, woodlands and lakes in the Wensum valley. As well as
the Waterfowl Park, which claims to have “Europe’s finest collection of waterbirds”, there is a large area
of nature reserve. This really is a very attractive site, and you would normally have to pay to see it! We
will be clearing scrub from the nature reserve.

January 30th HOE ROUGH (3 miles N Dereham), O.S. map 132, grid ref. 978 169
This small reserve consists mainly of grassland and heathland, but also contains some ponds and
woodland. We will be clearing and burning scrub that has encroached, onto the open areas.




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