The River Stiffkey rises from springs in North Norfolk and meets the sea at Blakeney Harbour, close to the village of Stiffkey. The main river originates in Guybon’s Wood, close to Swanton Novers and is joined by several tributaries, notably Binham and Hindringham streams. The Stiffkey is about 29 km long from source to sea and flows through and over sand, gravel, clay and, crucially, chalk. It is this chalk bedrock which gives the River its clear waters and unique wildlife.
The valley is home to several small villages including Walsingham (Great and Little), Wighton, Langham and Fulmodeston. Most of the land in the catchment is farmed, primarily for wheat, barley, potatoes, sugar-beet and beef, but also for dairy and a variety of other crops.
River Stiffkey Projects
Financing nature-based solutions using Environmental Impact Bonds
Ongoing since September 2021
Using Environmental Impact Bonds to finance the construction of wetlands to improve water quality in the river Stiffkey
Re-awakening the river at Snoring
Work took place on the Stiffkey near Little Snoring to diversify a dark and canalised stretch of the river. Meanders were formed using large woody debris that was cut from the bank. As well as creating some deeper pool sections, this work will ...
Stiffkey Fen restoration
November 2014 - March 2015
Working in partnership with Buxton Conservation Trust, Natural England and former RSPB expert Norman Sills, 12 hectares of land at Stiffkey Fen SSSI have been restored.