Thank you! £2.6 million raised for our vision for Cley and Salthouse: A Living Coast

Marsh harrier by Mari Halls 1/2
Cley Marshes, photo by Barry Madden 2/2
Norfolk Wildlife Trust is now proceeding with its vision for NWT Cley Marshes, including the acquisition of land  in the Cley to Salthouse Living Landscape and building the new Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education centre.

This has been possible thanks to unprecedented support from our members and other donors and a confirmed Heritage Grant of £1.5million from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

With this support in place, NWT purchased Pope’s Marsh in November 2013. Originally, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation acquired the land giving NWT 22 months to raise the £1million to complete the purchase. With the support of our members, Heritage Lottery Fund and many funders, we have been able to purchase the land nine months ahead of the deadline.
This land acquisition is part of a larger, £2.6million project, Cley and Salthouse: A Living Coast, a long term vision for our flagship nature reserve to:
  • Purchase Pope’s Marsh, securing for conservation the last stretch in eight kilometres of coastal nature reserves from Blakeney to Salthouse.
  • Begin its initial restoration and integrate habitats such as saltmarsh, grazing marsh, reed bed and pools into the neighbouring nature reserves at Cley and Salthouse. This will create a network of internationally-vital habitats for many endangered species including marsh harrier, avocet, spoonbill, bearded tit and bittern.
  • Build the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, meeting a growing demand for information, education and events from the 110,000 visitors to Cley Marshes each year.
  • Establish a diverse programme of events and educational activities for families, visitors, groups and local communities that will inspire current and future generations of conservationists on the importance of this area for wildlife.
Read more on the project to date and forthcoming plans

To continue supporting this project please make a donation online

To make a donation by text, all you have to do is text CLEY12 then the amount you want pounds eg: CLEY12 £10 to 70070. Donors can choose from £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 and £10 giving up to a maximum £30 a month. Texts are free and 100% of the donation goes to us. Full Ts&Cs are on

Flood related donations

We have been very touched by calls from our many members and visitors, concerned about Cley Marshes and offering donations. We are assessing the results of the current flooding and will continue to do so.  However, our initial assessment suggests that lessons learned from 1996 flooding, particularly relating to improving the outlet sluices, have reduced the impact on the reserve. There will be a cost estimated at £100,000, certainly, and we ask anyone wishing to donate to support repair & restoration work at Cley to put these donations towards our existing Cley Marshes appeal. Donations will then help us with our overall restoration costs including any impact from the flood.