Friends of Nunnery Lakes Reserve
If you are passionate about nature, love the special habitat and wildlife to be found in the Breckland area and are keen to help us to look after the Nunnery Lakes Reserve - you may be just the kind of friend we’re looking for.
How you can help
- Give some of your spare time to helping us to look after and improve the reserve and join one of our two work parties each month. No skills required - just reasonable fitness and bags of enthusiasm - we’ll provide the training and equipment and find you a suitable task to do while you enjoy the outdoors and get closer to over 1,000 species of wildlife.
- Arrange to come and help with a group of work colleagues as part of your employer’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility - bringing environmental benefits to Thetford’s own nature reserve.
- Help to raise funds for the reserve or have your company sponsor special projects.
If you are interested in getting involved in looking after this magical place we’d love to hear from you. Call us on 01824 750050 and ask for Ian Henderson.
In November 2016 we celebrated the opening of the Nunnery Lakes Discovery Trail. The trail was supported by a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help community scheme, with new access signs and interpretation panels being installed by Friends of the Reserve volunteers - a real community effort.
Trainees from RAF Honington’s Juno Flight spent a cold but sunny Saturday in January clearing vegetation from beside the Arlington Way path along the River Thet to enable Friends of the Reserve work parties to plant around 200 new trees donated by the Woodland Trust.
The Shadwell Estate sponsored a special outdoor learning day for children from East Harling Primary School to experience a bird identification training course - lead by expert BTO scientists - on another lovely sunny day in October. There were some exciting sightings, including a Buzzard in aerial dispute with a young Goshawk.
In early spring 2016 we held the first hedge-laying workshop for a group of Friends of the Reserve, with excellent results, which was enjoyed by all. Now you can see across the wet woodland as you walk the Nunnery Place track to the river.
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