Year of Biodiversity - getting to grips with grasses
LOHP volunteers joined national expert Arthur Copping for a day demystifying the identification of grasses, sedges and rushes. Our sites have a rich variety of species in these groups. An ability to identify them is cricial in our assessment of the importance of a site and the way in which it responds to restoration manangement.
Year of Biodiversity - Newt hunt!
As part of our Year of Biodiversity celebrations, LOHP volunteers enjoyed a course run by Dr John Baker of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC), learning about identification and monitoring methods for these species. The course ended with a night-time hunt for newts in the ponds of Parkers Piece and the Blo'Norton Fens. The LOHP sites are important for their populations of reptiles (we have slow worms, common lizards, grass snakes and small numbers of adders) and amphibians (we have frogs, toads, smooth and great crested newts).
Parkers Piece and Bleyswycks Bank are fully open to the public
It's official! After 18 months of hard work and the LOHP's newest sites, Parkers Piece and Bleyswycks Bank are fully open to the public. On Friday 10th June the Right Reverend Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, and the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, met on the border of their dioceses to open not only these newly restored fens but also 'Bob's bridge. Named after LOHP volunteer Bob Hayward, who masterminded the construction and led the team of volunteers who built it, the bridge links the new Suffolk fens with Betty's Fen on the Norfolk bank of the Little Ouse. Click here to view BBC Suffolk's coverage.