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Management resumes on Broomscot Common

Broomscot Common work party, December 2010

Management resumes on Broomscot Common, one of the LOHP's new sites in Garboldisham. A record turnout at the pre-Christmas work party enabled us to show newcomers round the site and to make a start on some of the management tasks needed to restore its important wildlife features. Spurred on (perhaps!) by mulled wine and mince pies instead of the usual coffee and biscuits, a good start was made on clearing some of the willow scrub that has colonised the belt of wet fen bordering the stream. This will help rarer fen plants to re-establish - plenty of scrub will be left on drier parts of the site to encourage nesting birds such as turtle dove and linnet.

Release date: Friday, December 31, 2010

The LOHP moves west

Scarfe Meadows, Spring 2010

The LOHP is delighted to announce that it has recently acquired two more important wildlife sites in the Little Ouse headwaters. Both are in the parish of Garboldisham, immediately west of our existing sites. We have taken on a 22 year lease of Broomscot Common, which is owned by the Garboldisham Parish Charity, and purchased a block of river-side meadows. These will be named Scarfe Meadows, after David Scarfe, their late owner - we are very grateful to our members and to the charitable trusts whose generosity made this acquisition possible. We are now looking forward to working with a new parish to restore the wildlife and landscape of these sites and to improve public access.

Release date: Thursday, November 4, 2010

LOHP wins Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Award

Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Award Presentation

LOHP wins Norfolk's Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership's Site Award: we are very grateful to the Norfolk Biodiversity partnership for this recognition of the project's work in restoring, recreating and reuniting important wildlife sites in the upper Little Ouse Valley. The award was presented on 30th September, at a ceremony in the Norwich Assembly Rooms, by Steve Scott, East of England Regional Director for the Forestry Commission.

Release date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Year of Biodiversity - Water beetle mania

Looking for water beetles

A recently-commissioned survey of water beetles and bugs underlines the importance of LOHP sites for rare wetland species. Specialist Geoff Nobes found 67 species of water beetles including 5 rarities designated 'Red Data Book' species and 12 'Nationally Notable' rarities. Even the new scrape at Parkers Piece, completed just over a year ago, had 37 species of beetles and 11 water bugs. At Hinderclay Fen, small pond dug by LOHP volunteers a year ago had 33 species of water beetles, some of them national rarities, as well as the Nationally Rare minute water cricket.

Release date: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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