POINTS OF INTEREST
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