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Year of Biodiversity - It's official!

Stoneworts (Charophytes)

It's official - the Little Ouse Headwaters are a Nationally Important Area for Stoneworts! A recent survey of stoneworts (Charophytes) on the LOHP sites shows that we have at least five different species. These large, highly structured aquatic algae are mostly restricted to the calcareous waters of fenland sites. Many of them are very rare. They are called stoneworts because a stoney layer of calcium carbonate is deposited over their surfaces.

Release date: Friday, May 14, 2010

Year of Biodiversity - getting to grips with grasses

Identification of grasses, sedges and rushes

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.

Release date: Thursday, May 13, 2010

Year of Biodiversity - Newt hunt!

Amphibian course

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).

Release date: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Parkers Piece and Bleyswycks Bank are fully open to the public

Bishops meet

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.

Release date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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