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Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Wake up Call

In 2005 Grice Chapman Publishing, a small independent Publishing House based at Burgh-Next-Aylsham received a script from a gentleman in Monmouthshire who had been trying to get his work published, his name was Ray Armstrong. Ray had seen that Grice Chapman had published books by Hugh Brandon-Cox about the Wildlife of East Anglia and hoped they would be interested in publishing his book on 25 years of keen observations of the rich diversity of wildlife in his villlage. When Ray shared over 100 wildlife photographs, many the result of many hours of patient watching and waiting in all weathers, to accompany a script with a sharp well defined focus, there was soon a book contract heading from Norfolk to Ray's letterbox!

Published in Norfolk News
Nine common tern chicks, from four breeding pairs of adult birds, have hatched on the new floating breeding platform secured on Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s broad at South Walsham. Last year one pair bred with two chicks fledging. 
 
Trevor ‘Tabs’ Taberham, volunteer wildlife warden at Fairhaven Garden explained: “Two years ago, just after I started working her, five pairs of common terns tried to breed on the island in Fairhaven broad, but greylag geese wrecked the nests. So last year, we experimented with a single standard size pallet, attached to posts that are in middle of the broad. It attracted two pairs of common terns; one pair stayed to nest, three chicks fledged, but unfortunately one was taken by a Herring gull.”
The gardening team at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, has embarked on a 120-metre path renewal project in the West Garden, and is asking visitors to donate a Pound a Plank to support the project and ensure that it can be completed by the end of July.
 
So far £5,000 has been raised through Gift Aid donations added to the garden entry charge, collection boxes and a second hand book stall, towards the £12,000 scheme on the main bridge path. The scheme will improve access by adding two passing bays for mobility scooters and visitors in wheelchairs. The passing bays will also include benches so visitors can rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden, including the candelabra primulas in May and yellow flag iris, marsh marigold and massed wild flowers from June onwards.

Hootz House, Pensthorpe Natural Park’s iconic adventure play centre has won a national building award.

The popular north Norfolk play barn beat off competition from around Great Britain to be named best Recreation & Leisure project of the year by the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association.

Bespoke framework for the innovative project was constructed by Hingham-based steel-framed building specialists A C Bacon Engineering in conjunction with the primary contractor Bunting & Son.

Published in Norfolk News

A herd of eight Bagot goats have been moved back into their spring and summer residence on Cromer’s cliff. The goats have been clearing land in recent months at Happy Valley. Their move back into the heart of Cromer was made today thanks to NNDC officers.

The Bagot billies, which have appeared on television and in newspapers, will be joined by another eight Bagots from Cumbria sometime in May.

Published in Norfolk News
A new floating breeding platform for common terns was secured on Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s broad today (March 27) at South Walsham. It was attached to posts that survive from an old 1960s installation, designed to deter waterskiing.
 
The platform comprises a 3m x 2m pallet and six large fruit juice barrels (for buoyancy) donated by Britvic, Norwich, along with two ‘air raid’ shelters, so that chicks can hide from aerial predators and a hinged ramp into the water. The ramp will take the weight of a chick, but not otters, to deter them from attacking.
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00

Norfolk Festival of Nature

The Norfolk Festival of Nature at Gresham’s, a celebration of the county’s unique countryside, returns to Holt on 16 – 18 June 2017 with a fantastic new family friendly line-up.

The opening event on Friday 16 June welcomes well-known television presenters and wildlife lovers, Martin Hughes-Games (BBC’s Springwatch) and Iolo Williams (BBC Wales) for an amusing and informative show.  The ‘Wildlife Road Trip’ will be packed with facts and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Published in Norfolk News
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:00

Moving On- Pensthorpe to the Welsh Valleys

Moving home lock, stock and nut-barrel to the other side of the country can be a logistical nightmare. Especially when your family has earned a reputation for being compulsive hoarders.

It’s the time of year when spring-born squirrel kittens like Fire and Flame, born at Pensthorpe Natural Park earlier this year, move out to find new territories to colonise.

Over the next few days a little group of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young adventurers, raised at Pensthorpe and two other North Norfolk wildlife havens, will be given a helping hand to find that dream location.

Published in Norfolk News
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham in the Norfolk Broads has a busy programme of special family adventure activities during the summer holidays.
 
Wildlife Wednesdays, weekly Treasure Hunts and special activities with Wild4Adventure, Canoe Trails, Forest Night Adventure, Ghost Walk and to round of the summer the Big Wild Day on August 31 are all in the schedule.
Published in Visitor Guide