Fakenham local group

NWT Foxley Wood

From the Chair

The NWT Fakenham Group was established in July 2012. We work closely with the other environmental and conservation groups in the area and give our local members the opportunity to meet each other, discuss local issues and participate in the active programme of talks, walks and visits to nature reserves, both within and outside Norfolk, whilst raising funds for NWT.

I hope that NWT members in the Fakenham area will be pleased to support our activities and would of course welcome suggestions for future activities. Together we can build an even more successful local NWT group which will benefit our immediate neighbourhood as well as contribute to the fantastic programme of work being done throughout Norfolk by NWT.

Robin Parker

Fakenham is located midway between Norwich and King’s Lynn near the source of the internationally important River Wensum with its SSSI and SAC designations.  A mile to the west of the town, and bordering the Wensum, are the Hawk & Owl Trust Sculthorpe Moor and the Norfolk Ornithologist Association Hempton Marsh nature reserves.  A mile to the east is the Pensthorpe Conservation Centre. Within Fakenham itself are several small nature reserves run by Fakenham Town Council and private owners. These are all either SSSI’s or County Wildlife Sites and provide an important link in the wildlife corridor running along this stretch of the River Wensum. Slightly further afield the NWT reserves at Foxley Wood, Thursford Wood and Syderstone Common. Together these reserves include a wide range of habitats, from ancient woodland to heathland and river banks to ancient grazing marshland; they attract large numbers of birdwatchers and naturalists. As would be expected from this range of habitats, flora and fauna in the area are extensive.  Otters, kingfishers, water voles and white-clawed crayfish breed on the River Wensum, which also acts as a migration route for many bird species such as marsh harriers and ospreys.  In the early summer orchid meadows attract butterflies and the various scrapes and stretches of water act as a magnet for dragonflies and damselflies.
NWT Fakenham will continue to run their successful social programme of walks and wildlife talks held in the Hempton Memorial Hall, just outside Fakenham. We look forward to welcoming both NWT members and non-members alike to all our social activities. We intend that NWT Fakenham will continue to be a focal point for the wildlife, conservation and environmental issues of the area.

Contact Us

Margaret Carter, Events organiser: 01328 862250
Robin Parker, Chairman: 01328 864399

Email: [email protected]

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