The largest conference to discuss the achievements and challenges in wildlife and water management in the Broads was held during Climate Change Week on March 4th in Norwich. Over 150 professionals from conservation and water organisations converged on OPEN, the conference centre on Bank Plain, for the third Broads Biodiversity & Water Forum, sponsored by the Broads Authority, Essex & Suffolk Water and Anglian Water. After a short film, Andrea Kelly, the Broads Authority’s Senior Ecologist, commemorated the Authority’s 25th anniversary by presenting its achievements in both biodiversity and water management.
Andrea said: “Managing water and biodiversity goes hand in hand. Protecting the Broads floodplain wetland, its people and wildlife, creates unique challenges with no easy answers. This conference provides an opportunity for professionals to be updated on the latest thinking.
Naturalist, author and Guardian columnist Mark Cocker, who lives in the wildlife rich southern Broads, was the keynote speaker.
The new catchment based approach to improve water environment across the whole of Broadland, the role woodlands play in absorbing flood water and the way water companies are encouraging us all to become more water wise was described by three different experts.
The successful fen raft spider recovery programme, the findings of 40 years of monitoring the lakes in the Broads and a presentation about Wild Anglia which is bringing nature, economic growth and people’s health together featured in the afternoon.
Thursday 3 April 2014