Environmental and biological survey and monitoring

Survey and monitoring studies commissioned by the LOHP, or carried out by our volunteers, are available for download on this page.  The table below includes all LOHP sites and other sites of nature conservation interest in the Little Ouse Headwaters. We are grateful to our partner organisations for permission to reproduce some of their reports. All of these reports are under copyright - please contact us if you wish to use them for any puropse other than private study.

Published scientific papers on the physical and natural environment of the valley are also included in the table. These can be obtained by following the links provided. Some are freely available from some publishers and others can be purchased. For some topics on which little specific information is available from the Little Ouse headwaters area, references are given for work on near-by sites outside the valley.

Topic
Site/s
Year
Content
Author/s
Access/download file

Topography

Garboldisham Old Fen

2013

Topographic Survey, Old Fen, Garboldisham

LOHP (Mike Harding & Laura Cox)

 

All from The Frith to Parkers Piece

2006

Levels Survey

ELP2

Download jpg

Soils

Parkers Piece

/Bleyswycks Bank

2008

Parkers Piece and Blesywycks Bank

Restoration Proposals

ELP2

 

LOHP eastern sites

2006

Peat core data

ELP2

  Thelnetham Fens 2014 Drainage and soils survey Andrew Adams Land Management Ltd.

Archaeology/

Paleobiology

         
 

Parkers Piece

2009

Archaeological investigation & paleoenvironmental investigation

Cambridge Archaeological Unit

 

 

The Lows

2001

Holocene paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Lows, East Anglian Fenlands (BSc dissertation) - 7 chapters in 2 pdfs

John Mullholland, Collingwood College

  Bugg's Hole Fen 1981 New fossil evidence for past cultivation and processing of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in Eastern England

RHW Bradshaw, P Coxon, JRA Greig & AR Hall

click to locate reference
  Redgrave & Lopham Little Fen 1953
Studies in the Post-Glacial History of British Vegetation: XIII. Lopham Little Fen, A Late-Glacial Site in Central East Anglia
P A Tallantire click to locate reference
    1968 Three more nameless meres P A Tallantire
  Diss Mere 1989

Vegetation and Land-Use History at Diss, Norfolk, U.K

 
SM Peglar, SC Fritz & HJB Birks
click to locate reference
    1993

The mid-Holocene Ulmus decline at Diss Mere, Norfolk, UK: a year-by-year pollen stratigraphy from annual laminations

SM Peglar click to locate reference
    1993
The mid-Holocene Ulmus fall at Diss Mere, South-East England — disease and human impact?

SM Peglar & HJB Birks

click to locate reference
    1984 Composition and formation of laminated sediments in Diss Mere, Norfolk, England

SM Peglar, SC Fritz,

T Alapieti,

M Saarnisto &

HJB Birks

click to locate reference
    1993

The development of the cultural landscape around Diss Mere, Norfolk, UK, during the past 7000 years

SM Peglar click to locate reference
    1989

Lake Development and Limnological Response to Prehistoric and Historic Land-Use in Diss, Norfolk, U.K

S C Fritz
click to locate reference
  Quiddenham Mere 1993

Mid- and late-Holocene vegetation history of Quidenham Mere, Norfolk, UK interpreted using recurrent groups of taxa

SM Pelgar click to locate reference
Hydrology          
  All 1993 Dehydration and the threat to East Anglian Fens, England V.J Voit click to locate reference (p. 163)

 

All

2013

Groundwater Monitoring Points In the Upper Little Ouse Valley

Mike Harding

  Thelnetham Fens 2014 Drainage and soils survey Andrew Adams Land Management Ltd.

Parkers Piece/Bleyswycks Bank

2008

Parkers Piece and Blesywyck’s Bank

Restoration Proposals

ELP

 

Little Ouse

2013

Little Ouse Headwaters:

pilot restoration project

Nigel Holmes

Vegetation

 

 

 

 

 
  All   Ecological Studies in the Breck Fens I. Vegetation in Relation to Habitat S M Haslam click here to retrieve
    2004 Important Stonewort Areas (see p.74) N. F. Stewart published by Plantlife International: enquiries [at] plantlife.org.uk 

 

Betty’s Fen

2010

Stoneworts

Nick Stewart

 

 

2012

NVC1 Survey

OHES

    2014
European Site Conservation Objectives for Waveney & Little Ouse Valley Fens SAC (UK0012882)
Natural England click here to retrieve

 

Blo’Norton Fen

2012

NVC1 Survey

OHES

    2014 European Site Conservation Objectives for Waveney & Little Ouse Valley Fens SAC (UK0012882) Natural England click here to retrieve
      SSSI citation Natural England click here to retrieve
      SSSI units and condition assessment  Natural England click here to retrieve

 

Blo’Norton Little Fen

2010

Stoneworts

Nick Stewart

 

 

2012

NVC1 Survey

OHES

 

Broomscot Common

2011

vegetation monitoring programme pilot

OHES

 

Bugg’s Hole Fen

 

SSSI citation

Natural England

click here for

information

      SSSI condition Natural England click here to retrieve

 

Frogshall Carr

 

 

 

 

 

Garboldisham Old Fen

2004

English Lowland Bogs and Fens survey

Natural England

 
  Hinderclay Fen 1960 Transactions of the Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, 11, 367-385 Bellamy, D.J. & Rose, F.

 

 

2005

NVC survey1

ELP (2006)

    2012

NVC1 Survey

OHES

 

 

2010

Stoneworts

Nick Stewart

    2003 Lichen Survey Chris Hitch
  Hopton Fen   SSSI citation Natural England click here to retrieve
      SSSI units and condition Natural England click here to retrieve

 

The Frith

2006

condition assessment monitoring

ELP

 

The Lows

2006

condition assessment monitoring

ELP

 

Market Weston Fen

1959 Permanent plot data David Bellamy: PhD thesis

    1991 Re-recording of Bellamy’s Plots SWT – Mike Harding
    1995

Thirty Years of Change in the Vegetation Communities of Three Valley Mires in Suffolk, England

Wanda Fojt and Mike Harding click here to retrieve

 

 

1999

Re-recording of Bellamy’s Plots

SWT – Mike Harding

      SSSI citation Natural England click here to retrieve
      SSSI units and condition assessment Natural England click here to retrieve
  New Fen 2015 Thelnetham New Fen – colonisation of willows on surrounding fen OHES - Jonny Stone

 

Parkers Piece/Blewswycks Bank

2009

vegetation monitoring programme pilot

OHES

    2010 vegetation monitoring OHES

 

 

2010

Stoneworts

Nick Stewart

 

Scarfe meadows

2011

habitat restoration report

OHES

  Thelnetham Fen 1959 Permanent plot data David Bellamy: PhD thesis
    1961 Transactions of the Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, 11, 367-385 Bellamy, D.J. & Rose, F.

 

 

1992

Middle Fen - NVC

SWT (Mike Harding)

    1995 Thirty Years of Change in the Vegetation Communities of Three Valley Mires in Suffolk, England Wanda Fojt and Mike Harding click here to retrieve

 

 

1999

Re-recording of Bellamy’s Plots (Old Fen) and a new Middle Fen plot

SWT – Mike Harding

      SSSI units and condition assessment Natural England click here to retrieve

 

Webbs Fen

2011

habitat restoration report

OHES

 

Little Ouse

2013

Little Ouse River Macrophyte Survey

OHES

Birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty’s Fen

 

 

 

 

 

Blo’Norton Fen

 

 

 

 

 

Broomscot Common

2011

LOHP Bird Surveys 2011

 

 

RHW & RA Langston

 

 

2012

LOHP Bird Surveys 2012

RHW & RA Langston

    2013 LOHP Bird Surveys 2013 RHW & RA Langston

 

Hinderclay Fen

2007-2012

Bird report

RHW & RA Langston

    1998-2010 Ringing totals report J Clark
           

 

The Frith

 

 

 

 

 

The Lows

 

 

 

 

 

Parkers Piece/Blewswycks Bank

 

 

 

 

 

Scarfe meadows

2011

LOHP Bird Surveys 2011

RHW & RA Langston

 

 

2012

LOHP Bird Surveys 2012

RHW & RA Langston

    2013 LOHP Bird Surveys 2013 RHW & RA Langston

 

Webbs Fen

2011

LOHP Bird Surveys 2011

RHW & RA Langston

    2012 LOHP Bird Surveys

RHW & RA Langston

    2013 LOHP Bird Surveys 2012 RHW & RA Langston
Mammals          
  All sites (river bank only) 2014 Water Voles (Key:

S – sighting

L – breeding latrine

D – droppings ie individual pellets

B- burrow)

Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Bettys Fen 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Blo'Norton Fen 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Blo'Norton Little Fen   Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Broomscot Common 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Hinderclay Fen 2015 Bat detector survey summary results: June 2015  
  Hinderclay Fen 2015 Bat detector survey summary results: May 2015 LOHP/Norfolk Bat Survey
  Hinderclay Fen 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Hinderclay Fen 2007 Bat detector survey Suffolk Bat Group
  The Frith 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  The Lows 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Parkers Piece/Bleyswycks Bank 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Parkers Piece/Bleyswycks Bank 2017 Water Voles LOHP - for national PTES survey
  Scarfe Meadows 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
  Scarfe Meadows 2011 Water Voles OHES (habitat restoration report)
  Scarfe Meadows 2017 Water Voles
LOHP - for national PTES survey
  Webbs Fen 2011 Water Voles Suffolk Wildlife Trust (map)
    2011 Water Voles OHES (habitat restoration report)
Reptiles & Amphibians Betty's Fen        
  Blo'Norton Fen        
  Blo'Norton Little Fen        
  Broomscot Common        
  Hinderclay Fen        
  The Frith        
  The Lows        
  Parkers Piece/Bleyswycks Bank        
  Scarfe Meadows        
  Webbs Fen  

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invertebrates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty’s Fen

2010- 12

molluscs

Abrehart Ecology

 

 

2010

aquatic Hemiptera-Heteroptera

Geoff Nobes

    2011 terrestrial invertebrates Andy Godfrey

 

Blo’Norton Fen

2010-12

molluscs

Abrehart Ecology

 

 

2010

aquatic Hemiptera-Heteroptera

Geoff Nobes

    2011 terrestrial invertebrates Andy Godfrey

 

 

2012

molluscs

Abrehart Ecology

 

Blo’Norton Little Fen

2012

molluscs

Abrehart Ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broomscot Common

2013

molluscs and aquatic invertebrates

Abrehart Ecology

 

 

2013

Aculeate hymenoptera

Geoff Nobes

 

Hinderclay Fen

2010

aquatic Hemiptera-Heteroptera

Geoff Nobes

 

 

2010-12

molluscs

Abrehart Ecology

 

 

2011

terrestrial invertebrates

Andy Godfrey

 

 

2013

aculeate hymenoptera

Geoff Nobes

 

The Frith

2010-12

molluscs

 

Abrehart Ecology

 

The Lows

2010-12

molluscs

 

Abrehart Ecology

 

Parkers Piece/Blewswycks Bank

2010-12

molluscs

 

Abrehart Ecology

 

 

2011

terrestrial invertebrates

Andy Godfrey

 

 

2010

aquatic Hemiptera-Heteroptera

Geoff Nobes

 

Scarfe meadows

2013

molluscs and aquatic invertebrates Abrehart Ecology

 

Webbs Fen

 

 

 

 

 

Little Ouse

2013

Little Ouse River Macro-invertebrate Survey 2013 - report

Abrehart Ecology

      Raw data for above (Excel spreadsheet)   click to download

 

1NVC: National Vegetation Classification
2Ecology, Land and People