Works are now underway at Thorpe Marshes
, Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve in Norwich to carry out a significant enhancement project funded by Lafarge-Tarmac and Norse Landfill Communities Funds, which will see a range of activities take place across the site for the benefit of people and wildlife.
On the grazing marshes habitat works which will take place over the next few months will involve restoration of ditches important for water vole
and Norfolk hawker
, Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species and shallow pool creation to provide areas for wading birds such as redshank and snipe.
Sections of St Andrew’s Broad will be opened out and shallow bays created to increase the variety of wetland plants and invertebrates found and provide refuge areas for fish and wintering wildfowl including pochard and tufted duck. Improvements will also be made to shingle areas around the broad, ideal for nesting birds such as little ringed plover. It is anticipated that this works will be completed before Christmas this year.
This will be followed in 2016 with our education team leading discovery learning activities: exploring the site's wildlife and making use of a new pond dipping platform and improvements to the educational area that are also part of this project.
Visitor’s wildlife experiences and enjoyment will be enhanced with new interpretation, a seating area offering spectacular views across the Broad and footpath improvements to create a year round accessible circular walk making Thorpe Marshes truly a place for all seasons.