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.