In Norfolk, nature is always nearer than you think. In the latest in our series, NWT Ambassador Nick Acheson explores NWT Thorpe Marshes, one of the Trust’s more urban sites, located on the eastern fringe of Norwich. NWT leases the site from Arminghall Settlement Trustees. It is a wonderful mixture of habitats: flower- rich marshes criss-crossed with dykes that are home to many dragonfly and damselfly species, including the rare Norfolk hawker, and the even larger emperor dragonfly. Several species of common butterfly can also be encountered on a good day. The reserve contains a large area of open water – a former gravel working now known as St Andrew’s Broad.
This film showcases the Thorpe Marshes reserve, which is part of the Broads Landscape Partnership Scheme Water, Mills and Marshes,
funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The scheme, led by the Broads Authority, is delivering 38 projects to engage people with the built and natural landscapes of the Broads National Park. The Thorpe Marshes project is connecting local schoolchildren, residents and families with the reserve, helping to sustain it as an important site for wildlife through visits and volunteering. Water Mills and Marshes