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Norfolk Wildlife Trust gets behind Norfolk Day with common tour

PUBLISHED: 16:09 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:36 30 July 2018

Dr Ben Garrod joins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on Norfolk Day for a journey across the county stopping at some of the lesser known reserves. Volunteer Helen Baczkowska shows him New Buckenham Common.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018

Dr Ben Garrod joins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on Norfolk Day for a journey across the county stopping at some of the lesser known reserves. Volunteer Helen Baczkowska shows him New Buckenham Common. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Archant 2017

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.

Dr Ben Garrod joins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on Norfolk Day for a journey across the county stopping at some of the lesser known reserves. Volunteer Helen Baczkowska shows him New Buckenham Common.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Dr Ben Garrod joins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on Norfolk Day for a journey across the county stopping at some of the lesser known reserves. Volunteer Helen Baczkowska shows him New Buckenham Common. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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.”

Dr Ben Garrod joins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on Norfolk Day for a journey across the county stopping at some of the lesser known reserves. Volunteer Helen Baczkowska shows him New Buckenham Common.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Dr Ben Garrod joins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on Norfolk Day for a journey across the county stopping at some of the lesser known reserves. Volunteer Helen Baczkowska shows him New Buckenham Common. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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.

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