POINTS OF IN­TER­EST

EDP Norfolk - - Nature -

A Home to in­sect-eat­ing plants and Bri­tain’s big­gest spi­der, the fen raft spi­der, this dra­matic fen­land land­scape is one of the most im­por­tant wet­lands in Europe and the source of the River Waveney.

Red­grave and Lopham Fen is a na­tional na­ture re­serve of in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance. In the care of the Suf­folk Wildlife Trust it is noted for the rare great raft spi­der, but you are much more likely to meet the hardy Konik pony, which were bred in Poland to recre­ate the ex­tinct Tarpan horses. They are al­lowed to roam around the Fen and their graz­ing helps to main­tain the open land­scape and pre­vents in­va­sive scrub tak­ing hold. They were cho­sen be­cause they are able to tol­er­ate the wet con­di­tions of the Fen far bet­ter than any Bri­tish breed could.

Our walk, on both sides of the county bound­ary, vis­its Blo ’ Nor­ton Fen, a small part of Thel­netham Fen and Hin­der­clay Fen as well.

The Suf­folk part of the walk is al­most en­tirely along the An­gles Way, the long dis­tance walk­ers ’ route be­tween Knet­tishall Heath and Great Yar­mouth. In­for­ma­tion about Red­grave and Lopham Fen is avail­able at www.suf­folk­wildlifetr­ust.org

B The Lit­tle Ouse Head­wa­ters Project (LOHP) is a lo­cal char­ity ded­i­cated to the restora­tion, con­ser­va­tion and pro­mo­tion of en­joy­ment of the wildlife and land­scape of the Lit­tle Ouse val­ley on the Suf­folk/ Nor­folk bor­ders www.lohp.org.uk

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