Thanks to your generosity and a £4 million grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, our vision to to buy and restore 384 acres of land for wildlife in the Broads National Park are taking flight.
The scale of this opportunity is unprecedented in the Trust's history - in every way. Securing the land purchase means we can begin putting water back in to the landscape, creating a vast new wetland that will attract a spectacular array of wildlife. By 2020 a brand new eco-build visitor centre will welcome visitors from far and wide to the southern gateway of the Broads National Park.
We are inching ever closer to our £1 million match fundraising target and every £1 you can give will be tripled by other funding (including Heritage Lottery Fund).
With your help we are creating a wilder landscape for nature.
So far we’ve raised £909,492 - Thank you!
“Please help Suffolk Wildlife Trust rescue this precious corner of East Anglia and bring back wildlife in all its splendour”
Sir David Attenborough
Easily recognised by their black head crest, lapwings put on dramatic aerial displays, tumbling through the air, accompanied by their piercing 'peewit' call, which gives them their other, common name.
To nest needs 15,000m2 = £10,000Close
Weighing just 21 grams, these are sparrow-sized birds which live in reedbeds and wetlands. Male birds have a distinctive white collar and 'moustache'.
A pair need 7,500m2 = £5000Close
Water voles have a chubby whiskery face, and are wholly vegetarian, needing luxurious bankside vegetation.
Needs 750m2 = £500Close
Lives on grassland and hunts insects and spider. If threatened they can lose their tail, which keeps wriggling to confuse the predator!
Needs 150m2 = £100Close
One of Britain’s rarest dragonflies, the norfolk hawker is a splendid dragonfly with a striking tan-brown body, green eyes and clear wings. Norfolk hawker needs ditches and dykes in good quality fen and grazing marsh.
Needs 75m2 = £50Close
An underwater predator with grabbing pincers, the water scorpion is found around the shallow edges of marshland. It is not a true scorpion and is a poor swimmer, preferring to move by walking.
Needs 30m2 = £20Close
This is an outstanding reserve with huge potential that I got to know through repeat visits to see the American Bittern. The inclusive and welcoming staff and excellent organization made each visit a pleasure. It was also good to see how the reserve was amicably shared with dog walkers and other recreational users. I wish you every success with this project.
£30 – 15m2
I think it is wonderful you have raised so much money to save the marshes for wildlife for ever and I am glad I could help to achieve this goal.
Wonderful news that you now have the funding to go ahead with the new plans.
Great news about the Heritage Lottery Fund grant - well done to all involved. Let's make sure the figure of £1m of matched funding is achieved soon.