Norwich: Norfolk Wildlife Trust hopes for nature reserve

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12:00 AM February 16, 2022



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A concealed “haven of wildness” in Norwich could shortly be protected for future generations thanks to the initiatives of environmental campaigners.

Norfolk Wildlife Believe in (NWT) has introduced its ambition to transform Sweet Briar Marshes into a “flagship mother nature reserve”, encouraging to protect unusual wildlife and hook up city people to character. 

The conservation charity has released an appeal to aid this develop into a fact, and seeks to raise £600,000 for the undertaking.




Representatives from Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Aviva and nearby local community groups collected on Sweet Briar Marsh on Tuesday
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The 90-acre web page situated subsequent to the River Wensum to the west of the town is an spot of disused farmland that has since become household to quite a few unusual species of birds, amphibians, insects and bouquets.

Early in 2021, the plots were being put up for sale for £500,000 which led to calls from the nearby group for the land to be protected. 

The land was acquired at the get started of this year by Esmée Fairbairn Basis, which intervened to give NWT the likelihood to buy it if it can increase the money.


Norfolk Wildlife Trust Sweet Briar Marshes Nature Reserve


Eliot Lyne, Norfolk Wildlife Believe in CEO

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Eliot Lyne, NWT CEO, claimed: “We are inviting folks to appear together to generate a wilder Norwich for all.  

“Urban wildlife is progressively less than menace from human effect, and character exists in smaller sized and smaller sized disconnected pockets of wildness.

“A flagship city character reserve of this scale will act as a vital stepping stone for wildlife in an otherwise city landscape, providing wildlife in Norwich a much better chance to survive and prosper. 

“Sweet Briar Marshes will provide neighborhood communities with a precious relationship to the normal entire world, and with 40 educational facilities in just two miles of the internet site, area young children will mature up happier, more healthy, and superior connected to character as well.”


Sweet Briar Marshes Norfolk Wildlife trust Nature Reserve Project Norwich


Sweet Briar Marshes is a mosaic of fen, rough meadow, grazing marsh, outdated hedgerows and younger woodland, and is house to scarce and scarce species like the h2o vole, orchids, willow warbler and snipe.

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The web page is selected a Web page of Particular Scientific Desire (SSSI) but has become increasingly surrounded by city improvement. 

It has extended been valued by the nearby group, who have campaigned for a lot of many years to help save the web page.

Lucy Galvin, chair of Marlpit Local community Centre, explained: “We are beyond delighted that (NWT) has responded and stepped up with this bold shift, to preserve this incredible wilderness which is treasured by nearby persons.” 

Insurance big Aviva has pledged up to £300,000 in match funding, featuring a raise to NWT’s ambitions for the land. 

Donations to the attractiveness can be built listed here.