Book review: The Hickling Broad Nature Reserve by Martin George
and the adjacent waterways at Horsey and Martham have long been known as one of the country’s most prolific areas for wildlife. Stunning open vistas, varied and interesting habitats, rare and beautiful insects and abundant birdlife make this slice of Broadland popular with naturalists, holidaymakers and ramblers alike.
Martin George is synonymous with conservation in Broadland and was a marvellous champion of the preservation of this unique ecosystem. Nobody with any interest in the historical formation, ecology and evolution of The Broads in general and Hickling in particular can fail to be captivated by his comprehensive, accessible and highly educational volume.
We have here an absorbing and meticulously researched text putting the formation, development and use of Hickling Broad and its environs into an historical context, whilst clearly describing the highly complex issues that affect its wildlife and dependent people in our modern world.
This Living Landscape
is fragile and continues to require a high degree of management. Martin’s publication provides a fascinating insight into how Norfolk Wildlife Trust and other conservation bodies are involved in maintaining and developing Hickling for future generations of people and wildlife to prosper. I learned a lot; it is a thoroughly stimulating read.
The Hickling Broad Nature Reserve by Martin George is available to purchase in the NWT Hickling Broad Visitor Centre.
Barry Madden is an NWT volunteer.