Discover dark sky magic on guided Broads night walks

Two guided Dark Skies walks with wildlife enthusiast and nocturnal explorer, Jon Tyler, offer a rare opportunity to visit How Hill Nature Reserve at night-time, with only the owls and nocturnal animals to accompany you.

On 25 September and 9 October from 7 – 9pm, as part of the Norfolk Coast Dark Skies festival (25 September – 10 October 2021) the Broads Authority invites you to the wild woods of How Hill National Nature Reserve for an evening of dark skies magic.

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Fancy being a conservation volunteer in the Broads for a day?

Broads Authority volunteers Peter Cannell and Stuart Pegg helping to construct a new board walk close to Hoveton Riverside Garden. Picture: James Bass

Path building at How Hill National Nature Reserve

On the Norfolk Broads – August 2016

Broads Authority Volunteers

The Broads Authority invites members of the public to get their hands dirty and try conservation volunteering at brand new Action Days in the Broads National Park, happening this September and October.

Volunteer Action Days are taster events for people to come and try practical conservation work in the Broads.
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Apprentice-led mill restoration project through to National Construction Awards Final

6 Mile House before restoration ©Broads Authority

6 Mile House during restoration ©Broads Authority

6 Mile House after restoration ©Broads Authority

Brandon Jarvis ©Broads Authority

Tom Allen ©Broads Authority

An award-winning project to train young people in Broads’ mill restoration skills has made it through to the prestigious Constructing Excellence National Final Awards, administered by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Two Broads Authority apprentices have spent a year of painstaking work restoring a 200-year-old drainage mill, ‘6 Mile House’ for future generations to enjoy. After the quality of their workmanship was acknowledged at the Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards in the Preservation and Rejuvenation category (May 2021), they subsequently won the Regional award in the category of Conservation and Regeneration (August 2021). The project is now through to the National Final Awards.

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‘Respect the water – A safety warning for holidaymakers visiting the Broads National Park’

1) Boats stuck under a bridge © Broads Authority

2) Boats on the River © Thurne Julian Claxton

Oulton Broad

3) Tourists at Broads riverside © Julian Claxton

4) Shooting the Bridge @SQIL & Richard Johnstone-Bryden

Posters

For free download post posters, please click on the links below

1) Drinking Safety poster A4

2) Broads safety messages poster A4

The campaign targets tourists headed to the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads on holiday, aiming to raise awareness of how to keep themselves and their family safe on the water.

It is aimed at the large numbers of visitors from North London, Essex, Colchester, Cambridge, Peterborough, Nottingham, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Leicester and Manchester, who have already booked their holiday on the Broads this season.

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Broads Authority urges tourists not to go overboard with alcohol

Boating traffic on the River Ant at How Hill. Picture: James Bass Photography

1) Boats on the Broads © Broads Authority

2) Boats on the Broads ©Julian Claxton

As lockdown restrictions ease, the Broads Authority and partners are urging visitors to be aware of their limits when they come to the Broads.

This reminder comes as a number of destinations across Norfolk, including the Broads, have turned into hot-spots for groups to consume excessive quantities of alcohol, potentially due to the current restrictions on travelling abroad.

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Bikes found dumped in the Broads to be renovated for people in need

Around 15 bikes fished out of the Broads by the Broads Authority have been donated to Bicycle Links CIC, where they will be refurbished for people in Norwich who need transport.

Each year, unwanted and stolen bicycles are dumped in the rivers and Broads of the National Park. Of these bicycles, any that were unclaimed have been donated by the Broads Authority to two community cycling initiatives run by Bicycle Links and partners. Volunteers and mechanics at Bicycle Links will refurbish them for refugees, asylum seekers, and those seeking work and in need of transport in Norwich.
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Popular Reedham footpath reopens

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A footpath that had been closed for many years has been reopened, thanks to a collaborative effort between Reedham Parish Council, the landowner, the Broads Authority and kind donations from local organisations.


As lockdown eases, people seeking to get out into nature will welcome the good news of another footpath opening, close to the popular village of Reedham. The reopened path connects the existing Wherryman’s Way footpath to the river and will allow villagers and tourists access to the river to appreciate local wildlife.
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Water safety warning as warmer weather arrives

River Thurne. Norfolk Broads. Picture: James Bass Photography

Loddon Staithe by the River Chet. Norfolk Broads. Picture: James Bass Photography

Broads Authority Ranger Tobi Radcliffe on the River Ant at How Hill, Norfolk. Picture: James Bass Photography

After a long winter, temperatures have finally started to climb and many will be thinking about visiting the Broads. The Broads Authority is issuing a reminder for the public to remain vigilant when on or near the water and not to forget their basic safety skills.

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