Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team
Thursday December 21st, 2023
As 2023 draws to an end, it is a great pleasure to reflect on another fantastic year for Norfolk Rivers Trust.
We have created 4.2 kms of new river channel in the Stiffkey and Wensum river catchments to restore meanders, habitat complexity and floodplain reconnection. We have expanded our citizen science monitoring project to cover 30 locations along the Wensum. Our advisory work with landowners and land managers continues to grow with new relationships formed, knowledge-exchange events held, and a huge number of on-farm interventions to improve soil health, biodiversity and water quality and quantity delivered.
Excitingly, we are a key partner in two Landscape Recovery pilots, covering north Norfolk and Breckland. These collaborative projects enable us to look at long-term landscape planning, restoration and management. Work to protect our native species has taken an important step forward thanks to the successful release of endangered, white-clawed crayfish into a remote location and the birth of two beaver kits – the first in north Norfolk for several hundred years!
The year has also had its challenges. Rising costs, summer drought conditions and one of the wettest autumns on record have required our delivery team to be agile, innovative and incredibly patient.
I would like to thank all our team (staff and trustees), volunteers, partner organisations and funders for their tireless commitment to restoring, creating and enhancing our water environments. We couldn’t achieve any of this crucial work without your support.
Read our latest newsletter to hear more about our highlights and news. Here’s to a restful festive break and a healthy new year.
Ed Bramham-Jones, CEO