“Please help Suffolk Wildlife Trust rescue this precious corner of East Anglia and bring back the wildlife in all its splendour” - Sir David Attenborough
Suffolk Wildlife Trust have undertaken an ambitious endeavour to restore a magnificent section of landscape in our county. The opportunity to buy fields and land flanking Broadlands nature reserve requires funding - the land costs £3 million and SWT hopes to raise £1 million to help replenish the landscape. Over a quarter of the target of £1 million has been raised so far through generous donations. Every pound raised will be tripled by other funding so hopefully this target will be reached and the work needed to develop this area can start quickly.
Only recently has it been made known of the richness of the Broads National Park in terms of the diversity of species. Many rare and unique species of plants, insects, mammals and birds make their home here - all the more reason to invest in this development to continue to help maintain the survival of such creatures. Suffolk Wildlife Trust aim to restore a grand total of 384 acres which will link up three current nature reserves, home to some of the rarest wildlife in the UK.
There has been a heavy loss of wetland wildlife when these marshes were drained and ploughed up over the later decades of the twentieth century. In 1978 local naturalists protested the sale of this land for fear of the damage that would be done to this environment. Nearly forty years later there is the chance to bolster populations and rejuvenate this habitat. It’s important to respect and nurture our landscape seeing as people are the reason so much of this habitat has been lost.
It is our responsibility to replenish and safeguard the environment in the future. The new reedbed will be the largest in the Broads, and the scheme will help rare species such as bitterns and marsh harriers thrive. The scheme also aims to construct network of freshwater ditches that would be amongst the best in the UK. It may take years for some species to spread over this habitat however others such as water vole and raft spider will quickly find themselves at home here. The scheme will help to restore reed, marsh and fen landscape - a habitat that is sorely needed for many species to survive.
Accessible by foot, bike, car and train - and even boat, the location of the reserve means people can be encouraged to visit to help volunteer with the conservation work as well as enjoy seeing the wildlife that will be at the reserve through the different seasons. This location will not simply benefit the human visitors but will provide an excellent rest stop for migrating birds flying from the continent as well.
If you’re feeling motivated by the desire to see wildlife flourish, you can help this scheme by donating - and even by buying a corner of the Suffolk Broads.