Saturday 23rd April – A Field Trip to Wheatfen Nature Reserve

coordinator –  Mary Walker

Wheatfen is now managed as a Nature Reserve and consists largely of open fen, reed beds, sallow Carr, and the small broads Wheatfen and Deep Waters. The house and adjacent land are still owned by the family who permit the Trust to extend the nature trails into Surlingham Woods and the Carr. Ted Ellis was a well known local writer and broadcaster, who died in 1986. He and his family lived at Wheatfen for over 40 years. The Ted Ellis Trust own Wheatfen Broad which is a wonderful memorial to a much respected naturalist.

The warden David Nobbs has kindly agreed to guide the WVBS around the reserve, and talk us through its history and wildlife. He has advised us not to visit during “Swallowtail Time”, as it would be impossible to move for photographers.

Please meet in the car park at 9.45 a.m for a 10.00 a.m start. It may be very wet, so strong boots are advisable. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.

David will give us a short talk on Wheatfen, guide us on a tour of the fen in the morning and woods in the afternoon. We plan to finish at 2,30 pm. There are toilets on site and we are invited to bring our own lunch into the small visitor centre

From A47 Norwich bypass, turn onto A146 (sign posted Lowestoft). Head SE for 100 yards until first set of traffic lights. Turn left to Bramerton and Kirby Bedon.

After 2.5 miles you reach a junction with the Bramerton village name displayed on a post.

Turn left (not signposted) and continue into Surlingham. Go through village to a small pond. Take next left (The Green). Follow for half a mile and turn right down The Covey (signposted the Ted Ellis Reserve). This becomes a rough track. Map ref – TG 325057 

This visit is strictly limited to 20 members as the reserve paths are very narrow. Please fill in the sign-up sheet if you would like to join us, or refer to the Newsletter.

Please note there is no charge, but donations are very gratefully received.



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