Category Archives: Ducan’s Marsh

Ducan’s Marsh is a glorious piece of old fen that is unique to the south side of the Yare. Its importance for wildlife is recognised in its status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The agricultural practices that created it are probably a thousand years old, making it another expression of the mediaeval heritage of the village. The Marsh is floristically rich and holds as much diversity in its 8.8 acres (3.6 ha) as the whole of the 500 acres of Claxton marshland.

Ducan’s Marsh is situated in the valley of a small tributary of the River Yare and is one of the richest areas of unimproved, wet valley grassland now remaining in East Norfolk. It has never been sprayed with agrochemicals or ploughed. Springs emerge from the valley-side and species-rich fen and fen grassland communities have developed in the seepage zones. The plant communities include several uncommon species and are maintained by a traditional management of light summer grazing.

Most noticeable is the fabulous orchid display in summer. Rare species include Black Bog Rush, and Common Butterwort. It has notable populations of invertebrates and supports colonies of Common Blue and Brown Argus butterflies. Ducan’s Marsh is a rare remnant of commonland held in trust by the village since the time of the enclosures.

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Ducan’s Marsh Workday – job done!

The weather was kind and the sun shone for much of the morning when a volunteer working party from the Pits Trust and the Wildlife Group turned up at Ducan’s Marsh to transport and install a large number of even … Continue reading

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Ducan’s Marsh Open Day – early photographs


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Ducan’s Marsh Open Day 2016 – Sunday 19 June

As foreshadowed in the recent village newsletter Claxton Pits Trust in conjunction with the South Yare Wildlife Group will be holding another Open Day at Ducan’s Marsh on Sunday 19 June between 11am and 3pm.  See the poster below for details. … Continue reading

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South Yare Wildlife Group Hands-On Day at Ducan’s Marsh

Do you fancy helping out at Claxton’s very own Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)?  Then come along on Sunday 28 February and lend a hand with the scrub clearance/branch dragging/bonfire making/coffee drinking and flapjack nibbling. The day will be … Continue reading

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