Open Day at Ducan’s Marsh, Sunday 21 June 2015, 10am-4pm

In conjunction with the Claxton Pits Trust, the South Yare Wildlife Group is holding an Open Day at Ducan’s Marsh, Claxton, from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 21st June.

The Pits Trust owns the marsh and SYWG have been helping with its management, under Natural England guidelines, for the past 18 months. Ducan’s Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is one of the richest areas of unimproved wet valley grassland now remaining in East Norfolk. This site has species-rich areas of calcareous fen and grassland communities, including, at this time of year, an abundance of orchids and other rare flowers.

We are attempting to build up a more thorough record of the biodiversity of the site.  Some surveying will be undertaken on the day or the days leading up to the event, including the flora, birds, bees, butterflies, water life, etc.  Weather permitting, a bat recorder and moth trap will have been set up overnight and we hope to open the moth trap at about 10.30 to 11am on the day.  Come and see what you can help us identify – you don’t need to be an expert, but if you were, that would be a bonus.

Ducan’s Marsh is a sensitive site so we are limiting this invitation to South Yare Wildlife Group members only, and Claxton residents.  If you fall outside these two categories and wish to attend, please call 01508 480780.

Please park at Claxton Village Hall, the marsh is a 10-minute stroll along a quiet lane from the hall and will be clearly way marked.  Light refreshments should be available at the village hall and/or on the marsh. There are toilets at the Village Hall but no facilities on the marsh (other than plenty of trees and bushes to hide behind…).

Come and take a look at this very special site in all its glory!

If you have any queries or need any further information please telephone 01508 480780, or email keeper.kev@btinternet.com.

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