Hickling Broad Land Purchase Appeal - £1,000,000 raised!

Hickling Broad, credit Richard Osbourne 1/4
Archive image Water trail, Hickling Broad 2/4
Hickling Broad, credit Stephen Mole 3/4
Reserves Hickling, credit Mike Page 4/4
Hickling Broad is the largest of the 40 Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, internationally recognised for its conservation value as a wetland.

A flagship nature reserve, it is home to common crane, breeding bittern, bearded tit and Cetti’s warbler.  In winter, large numbers of marsh harrier roost together with merlin and hen harrier. Water vole and otter are often seen. Insects also make it their home such as the rare Norfolk Hawker dragonfly.  Essential plants such as milk parsley provide vital food for Norfolk’s iconic swallowtail caterpillar.
Marsh Harrier, credit Nick Appleton
Bittern by Jamie Hall
Swallowtail, NWT Hickling Broad, credit David Rounce
Hickling Broad first became a wildlife reserve in 1945.  With the help of our members, the public, charitable trusts and businesses - we have raised an unprecedented £1 million in 6 months. 

Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Chief Executive, Brendan Joyce said, “I am delighted to announce that £1 million has been raised in such a short period of time.  This is an exceptional response by our supporters to this urgent appeal and we are very moved by how much people appreciate the value of Hickling Broad as a vital and celebrated wetland. Hickling Broad clearly holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many people in Norfolk and beyond.”

A further £1 million loan has been offered by the Garfield Weston Foundation as the Trust also had to contribute £1.5 million to secure the land.

Brendan continued,  "The significance of the loan from Garfield Weston cannot be underestimated as it will allow us to proceed with the acquisition with confidence.  We expect this to be completed by the end of April.  Whilst the £1 million has been raised, the Trust's fundraising activity will continue. The Garfield Weston Foundation loan has to be paid back over the next five years and we've had to also use half a million from our reserves." 

We are therefore grateful for any donations that continue to be made but thank you for your exceptional support in such a short time!



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