Save a piece of ancient Britain

Today, you can help to preserve a pristine area of ancient Britain – Sutton Fen.

Sutton Fen is one of Norfolk’s best-kept secrets. It lies in the heart of the Norfolk Broads holiday area and yet, probably fewer than 50 people will have walked on parts of it over the last 100 years.

It is an exceptionally rich area of Broadland Fen, a fragile corner of unspoiled landscape and is one of the most important conservation sites in the country.

The RSPB has been waiting for the chance to acquire Broadland habitat of this quality for at least 20 years. In the past, wetland like this covered large swathes of eastern England. Today, after drainage for agriculture, industry and tourism, it is confined to a few small pockets in the landscape.

Marsh harriers fly overhead, the air is full of the scent of watermint and rings with the bell-like calls of bearded tits and the boom of the bittern

Rare and fascinating birds once common in the countryside, like bitterns, bearded tits, and common cranes, all use Sutton Fen. For them to remain a part of our natural heritage, and for species like the swallowtail butterfly, fen orchid, Norfolk hawker dragonfly, otter and watervole, we must protect the habitats they depend on.

Now we have the chance to buy a piece of this pristine natural heritage to preserve it forever as a tranquil oasis of wetland wilderness, full of rare and endangered wildlife in the midst of the hustle and bustle of modern day Broadland. Under the stewardship of the RSPB, the 170 hectares at Sutton Fen will be an important part of a network of protected wetland habitats, vital to the survival of some of Britain’s most treasured, and most endangered species.

With your help, Sutton Fen will become the RSPB’s 200th nature reserve. The combination of the scarceness of this habitat type and the range of genuinely rare wildlife that live there makes this a truly exceptional opportunity and there could be no better place to achieve this wonderful milestone.

Source www.rspb.co.uk

27 October 2006

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