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Massive expansion for local nature reserve

Massive expansion for local nature reserve

Published by KLFM
12:00pm 10th September 2019.

A Norfolk nature reserve has celebrated the launch of it's massive expansion.

The new 3-year project at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve was launched on Sunday (8th September).

They'll be expanding their current 45 acres to 200 acres.

 

Earlier this summer the Hawk and Owl Trust, who manage the reserve near Fakenham in Norfolk, purchased the two parcels of land adjoining the existing nature reserve.

It was purchased using funds raised through the generosity of the public and major donors like Heritage Fund, Viking Optical, Garfield Weston Trust and the Norfolk LEP as part of a £1.7 million pound project. 

The launch of this 3-year project marks the beginning the on-going development and maintenance of the area as a nature reserve and community project.

 

They want to make sure this project allows everyone, no matter what their mobility and abilities, to enjoy, connect with and learn from the Norfolk wildlife and countryside around them. 

The existing 45 acres is already recognised as being important for its wildlife, with breeding Marsh Harriers, Barn Owls and a range of other birds of prey and owls making their homes there.

Over the next three years the project will ensure that the new parts of the reserve will become equally attractive and essential for a whole host of wildlife as well as wild flowers. 

 

David Lindo, The Urban Birder' said:

"There's so much wildlife here it's incredible and I'm so amazed by the amount of love that's been shown to the Trust and reserve over the past two years of the appeal by the donors, supporters and volunteers."

Nigel Middleton, Sculthorpe Moor Reserve Manager, said:

"It was 18 years ago, cutting my way onto the overgrown land of Sculthorpe Moor, whilst monitoring Marsh Harriers nesting in the valley of the River Wensum that I first experienced what would become the reserve. 

"From that point on I've dreamed and believed that we could expand the reserve and turn it into a significant place for wildlife and community. To reach this point is just amazing, and we couldn't have done it without our fantastic volunteers." 

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