Ditches and snails

The marsh ditches of the Waveney valley in the southern part of the Broads National Park are home to a great diversity of wildlife, including very rare snails.

In 2018, the Broads Authority commissioned a survey to assess the aquatic invertebrate diversity and conservation value of the River Waveney valley, in the southern part of the Broads. One of the aims of the survey was to provide information to inform best practice for landowners and managers, to help maintain the valuable biodiversity of wildlife in the marsh ditches and in particular, the aquatic snails.

Following the survey, the Water, Mills & Marshes scheme has produced a PDF guide for landowners and managers to help you find out more about conservation of ditches and snails.