Norfolk Wildlife Trust gets behind Norfolk Day with common tour
PUBLISHED: 16:09 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:36 30 July 2018
The Norfolk Wildlife Trust has been celebrating the amazing nature that the county has on offer by touring some of the 60 wildlife commons as part of the Wildlife in Common project.
Norfolk Day and Norfolk Wildlife Trust ambassador Dr Ben Garrod was on hand to highlight some of the quirky, precious and unknown wildlife nature reserves in the county.
Dr Garrod said: “We have a whole lot of events going on in Norfolk but any day of the year there are beautiful commons with frogs and birds of prey and that’s the beauty of the Norfolk wilderness.
“You haven’t got to go far, whether it’s a house, a cemetery, a beach or The Broads you haven’t got to travel or spend thousands to get to these beautiful places.
“There is a melting pot of all these different cultures, different ideas and different passions that have come together to celebrate all that is wonderful about Norfolk.”
Wildlife in Common is a two-year project working with Norfolk County Council and the University of East Anglia to help volunteers learn new skills to carry out a comprehensive survey of wildlife and historic features on 60 Norfolk Commons.
Dr Garrod added: “If you’re willing to go for a 10 minute drive you’re in the middle of a common, the middle of The Broads, there are very few places in the UK you can go to such a range of habitats.”
Conservation specialist Helen Baczkowska said: “It is the real beauty of common land as there are places right on our doorstep with so many layers of history.
“People have come here for hundreds of years to graze their cattle and collect firewood. Today we have a playground and cattle are still grazed here.
“Norfolk is such an amazing place for wildlife but it isn’t just about the big nature reserves, it’s all of the different habitats, from local commons to what’s in our own gardens.”
Pamela Abbott, chief executive of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s vitally important to celebrate the wildlife that we have in Norfolk which makes the ordinary, extraordinary.
“Our work is supported by the work of volunteers and their collection contribution is the equivalent of 31 full-time staff.
“The Wildlife in Common project is about bringing together communities around their common.”