Hoe Rough by Rebecca Lyon 2/4
Marsh marigolds at Hoe Rough, photo by Richard Osbourne 3/4
Hoe Rough, photo by Richard Osbourne 4/4

Hoe Rough

NWT Hoe Rough contains an interesting mix of grassland, heath and wetter fen habitats.

Numerous notable plants occur including green-winged and early marsh orchid, as well as around 200 invertebrate species. Otter, water vole and white-clawed crayfish have been recorded in the River Whitewater (a tributary of the Wensum), which forms the northern boundary of the reserve.


Great Crested Newt

The UK’s largest and rarest newt, males in breeding condition develop a jagged crest along their backs, which, coupled with their orange- and black-spangled bellies and rough warty skin is quite a sight.

Hoe Rough is located 3.2km (2 miles) north of Dereham, close to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum. Access is from a small roadside car park off the B1146, next to the river.

Plants - Green-winged orchid, yellow rattle, cuckoo flower, bogbean, common milkwort, meadow saxifrage
Insects - Broad bodied chaser, orange tip
Reptiles and amphibians - Adder,  great crested newt

Plants - Yellow rattle, cuckoo flower, bogbean, heather, common milkwort, bird’s foot trefoil, meadow saxifrage, lady’s bedstraw
Insects Orange tip, yellow meadow ant
Reptiles and amphibians - Adder,  great crested newt

Reptiles - Adder
Fungi - Fly agaric



Post code
NR20 4BQ
Map reference
OS Landranger 132
Grid reference
TF 978 168
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