Wildlife Corridor

The River Wensum is a whole river SSSI and Special Area of Conservation  from source to Hellesdon Mill. They combine with the Wensum Valley Local Nature Reserve to create a Wensum wildlife corridor right into the heart of the City of Norwich.

And there is a bypass too!  As the river winds its way past Ringland it passes close to the River Yare, a quick hop over the Ringland Hills,  takes birds and animals into a valley that skirts the city’s southern fringe.

Since becoming a Special Area of Conservation great strides have been made to restore the Wensum, work that continues to the present day through the Wensum Alliance ,  Norfolk Rivers Trust  , Broadland Catchment Partnership

The co-operation between local landowners, drainage boards, academics and NGO’s is making a difference and Norwich Diocese/ Norfolk Wildlife Trust  Conservation churchyards have also helped.

But there are new threats :-  the run off of pesticides from agricultural land, is one. The demands of increasing road traffic and the creation of new roads compromising the wildlife bypass, is another.

 

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