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Christmas present for Scarfe Meadows

Scarfe Meadows pre-Christmas work party

Despite the now-traditional mulled wine and mince pies at the pre-Christmas work party, a good turn-out of volunteers at Scarfe Meadows planted new stock to infill the gaps in the old hedge along the north side of the meadows. In spring the hedge is always full of bird song, providing nest sites for many species including yellowhammer and lesser whitethroat. At this time of year it provides food and shelter for many species including winter visitors such as redwing and fieldfare - the new planting will ensure that it remains rich in wildlife for many years to come.

Release date: Thursday, December 29, 2011

Alien invasion shock at LOHP members evening

LOHP members evening

The LOHP's 2011 annual talk on 6th December, by Mike Sutton-Croft of the Norfolk Biodiversity Service, highlighted the threats to our native plants and animals from alien invaders - often green but definitely not Martian! Click here to find out more about non-native species in Norfolk. The evening was also marked by our presentation to retiring trustee Dan Haskin, of a beautiful photograph, by Arthur Rivett, of Thelnetham windmill. Dan was one of our founding trustees and we are very grateful for the huge contribution he has made to the development of the LOHP, particularly in Thelnetham.

Release date: Wednesday, December 28, 2011

LOHP wins national award for the restoration work

Parkers Piece after restoration work

LOHP has won a national award for the restoration work at Parkers Piece and Bleyswycks Banks. Selected from nearly 90 applicants, we were named winner of the ‘Restoring Biodiversity’ category of the prestigious Biffa Award prize scheme at an award ceremony in Covent Garden on 3rd November. Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund which use landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services to award grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. A £45,000 grant funded major elements of the work to restore fen habitats and create public access on Parkers Piece and Bleyswycks Bank between 2008 and 2010.

Release date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Orchids and Water Voles return

Marsh Orchid

Orchids and Water Voles return on the LOHP's newest sites. On both Broomscot Common and Webbs's Fen, Marsh Orchids have appeared on newly managed areas giving hope of a good display in years to come.  Following the discovery of water voles ate the eastern end of the project area in 2009, Penny Hemphill, from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, has now found evidence of a healthy population throughout the Little Ouse headwaters, including on our most westerly site, Scarfe Meadows in Garboldisham. This marks the end of a long absence resulting from predation by mink.

Release date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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