Hickling Wetland Restoration Project: Update
Works are progressing well on the final stages of this important conservation project which will see 47ha of wetland enhanced through sensitive dyke clearance, scrape (shallow pool creation) and installation of new water control structures which will restore natural water levels to this site. These works will see the area returned to a functioning floodplain containing a rich variety of habitats including open water, reedbed, fen and wet woodland providing benefits for both people and wildlife.
Please note that whilst the works continue the Seckers and Cadbury bird hides and the boardwalk path will remain closed. The closure of the boardwalk means that there is currently no wheelchair friendly access to the broad. NWT apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.
Visitors will still be able to access a two-mile circular path around the Northern section of the reserve, giving views over the broad. The Observation Hut and Bittern Hide remain open.
For more details, please ring NWT on 01603 625540 before your visit. Thank you for your understanding.
Hickling Broad is situated in the upper stretches of the River Thurne, and is the largest expanse of open water in the Broads. It is a National Nature Reserve, and its wide skies and open landscape offer the perfect place for a walk at any time of year. It is a haven for rare Broads plants and animals, particularly bittern and the swallowtail butterfly.
Book on to a fascinating boat trip at the visitor centre. Explore the quiet backwaters and 60-foot tree tower to enjoy the best view in Norfolk.
Part of the Upper Thurne Living Landscape.
Click here to download the reserve leaflet for points of interest (0.5mb).
NWT no dogs policy. Visitors with dogs can walk Weavers Way public footpath along South edge of Broad. There is also a public footpath from Hickling village North of the reserve – from here you can see some areas of the reserve. Dogs may be taken to the raptor roost from Hickling car park