The flooded grasslands of Norfolk are broadly all the product of ancient deforestation followed by centuries of grazing by cattle and to a lesser extent other livestock. Prior to the enclosure of land, flooding occurred frequently due to the inefficiency of land drainage pumps. However, as time progressed water drainage became more efficient through the use of ditch systems and improvements in drainage technology, flooding became a rarer and a more controlled event.
Today as in the past, grazing of the freshwater marshes by cattle is an important practice of marshland management. In the past and for hundreds of years drovers took herds of cattle across the roads of Norfolk to find grazing, marshlands being one of the habitats, to fatten them up prior to them being sold.
This typical habitat of Norfolk is home to rare plants and invertebrates. The ditches which have historically been used to drain them are important for scarce wetland plants and commonly provide a home to water voles, otters, kingfishers and little grebes.
We offer an initial session with you to discuss your personal objectives and requirements for your site. Following on from this, we will provide a quotation for producing a detailed proposal for your site which may include some of the following areas:
- A detailed management plan for the site
- Detailed work plans indicating how long the work will take and when
- Financial budgets for the work involved
- Plans for organising and delivering the site management work
- Contractor management considerations
- Site risk assessments
- Seasonal considerations
- Public consultations (information sessions for public awareness)
- Grazing of cattle
- Wet ditch and water management
- Stock fencing and kissing gate installations
- Arranging ecological surveys and volunteer training.