Ongoing tasks

Here are some of the tasks we are currently carrying out with our volunteers:

Coppicing

Coppicing is a form of woodland management dating back thousands of years. It helps increase light in spring and summer to kick start a whole range of plants into life and benefits a host of other species as it provides a range of different living conditions.

Where and when?

Whitlingham Country Park, November to March (with a minimum of two weeks notice)
Half or full day activity for up to 16 people

Pruning, clearing and site maintenance (including litter pick!)

Hoveton Riverside Park is on the River Bure with public moorings, bridges, paths and seating areas as well as one of our Broads Information Centres. It is important as a green space easily accessible from land and water and needs a good make over at the beginning and end of the season.

Where and when?

Hoveton Riverside Park, March/April or September/October (with a minimum of two weeks notice)
Half or full day activity for up to 16 people

Shoreline Litter Pick

Help beautify Breydon Water by clearing some of the wind and tide-swept litter and debris that has gathered along the shore, making it better and safer for local and visiting wildlife. Animals can swallow or get entangled in many of the items and larger pieces can be washed into the water.

Where and When?

Breydon Water, March to October (with a minimum of four weeks minimum)
Half or full day activity for up to 16 people

Scrub clearance

Scrub is a mixture of shrubs and tree saplings which, if allowed to mature, fills in the open fen so we are always in need of volunteers to maintain fenland for a wide and often unique variety of plants and animals adapted to live in damp conditions.

Where and when?

How Hill, October to end of February (with a minimum of four weeks notice)
Full day only for up to 16 people

Invasive non native species clearance

It is most likely you will be clearing rhododendron ponticum species which, while attractive, take over from native species that are beneficial to wildlife and biodiversity, significantly reducing numbers of birds and other animals.

Where and when?

How Hill, November to March (with a minimum of four weeks notice)
Full day only for up to 16 people

Fen vegetation raking

Fenland supports many rare insects, animals and plants some of which are only found in the Broads. Cutting is one of the ways that this precious habitat is protected. As many of the rare plants thrive in low nutrient conditions, the cut material needs to be removed from the fen.

Where and when?

How Hill, September to March (with a minimum of four weeks notice)
Full or half day activity for up to eight people

Meadow raking

This area of grassland in Horning is being restored to a wildflower meadow which is cut twice a year, once in early spring and again in late summer. The flowering plants thrive in low nutrient conditions so cuttings need to be removed to prevent take-over by competitive grasses.

Where and when?

Horning, March or August/September (with a minimum of four weeks notice)
Full or half day activity for up to 30 people