Thetford's wildlife needs you

01 Sep 2012 | No. 2012-30

Can you spare a few hours to help the wildlife on your doorstep?

  BTO's 80 hectare site is a County
Wildlife Site and home to a wide range
of wildlife

The British Trust for Ornithology is looking for people in and around Thetford to help out on its nature reserve on the southern edge of the town. The 80 hectare site is a County Wildlife Site and is home to a wide range of wildlife including scarce species such as the Otter, Water vole, Lapwing, Skylark and Slow worm. 

This fantastic reserve is just on the outskirts of Thetford and has over two kilometres of permissive paths to help bring people closer to wildlife as well as an observation hide. The reserve contains a wide variety of habitats including Breckland grass heath, wet woodland and flood-meadows. The wetland habitats are particularly important, especially the series of restored meanders along the river Little Ouse.

We are looking for people from the local community who are passionate about the countryside and who would be willing to give up some of their time to help out on the reserve. By doing so they will have the opportunity to learn about the secrets of this magical place as well as helping the wildlife which lives there.

No special skills are required, just bags of enthusiasm; Thetford Garden Centre have generously agreed to provide the tools and equipment. On-going management work includes path maintenance, scrub clearance and fence maintenance. Volunteers will also get the chance to help out on specific projects such as creating and maintaining nest-sites for Barn Owls, Kingfishers and Oystercatchers. There are also projects for the less physically able to get involved in, such as helping us to catalogue our second-hand books.

If you think you may be interested in participating in the continued development of the Nunnery Lakes Reserve we would love to see you at our reserve open evening on Wednesday September 26th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the BTO’s headquarters in Thetford and there will be a special presentation by the Reserve Manager, Chris Gregory. If you would like to know more or would like to come along to the free open evening please contact the BTO on 01842 750050 or email info [at]

Notes for Editors

  1. The BTO is the UK's leading bird research organisation. Over thirty thousand birdwatchers contribute to the BTO's surveys. They collect information that forms the basis of conservation action in the UK. The BTO maintains a staff of 100 at its offices in Norfolk, Stirling and Bangor, who analyse and publicise the results of project work. The BTO's investigations are funded by government, industry and conservation organisations.

Contact information

Chris Gregory
(BTO Reserve Manager)
Office: 01842 750050
(9am to 5.30pm)
Email: chris.gregory [at]

Paul Stancliffe
(BTO Media Manager)
Office: 01842 750050
(9am to 5.30pm)
Mobile: 07585 440910 (anytime)
Email: press [at]

Gary Conway
(BTO Head of Fundraising)
Office: 01842 750050
(9am to 5.30pm)
Email: gary.conway [at]

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The BTO has an ISDN line available for radio interviews
Please contact us to book an interview
Office: 01842 750050

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