Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Orfordness Rangers Day

Today I am at our annual rangers get together for the East of England where we visit another property and find out what they're working on and share ideas and experiences.

We are at Orfordness on the Suffolk coast which a really interesting place. It used to be owned by the MOD which results in a really unique landscape where there is a very rare shingle habitat with delicate plant communities and marshes with important wetland birds combined with ex military buildings and the danger of unexploded ordanance if you step off the tracks!

We have been finding out about the EU LIFE project at Orford which has worked on managing water levels and subsequent habitats on the marsh and raising local awareness of the importance of the habitats on the ness. We have also been discussing the challenges which future sea level changes and erosion will bring to the site in the long term. There are a lot of community aspects to the projects, last year I spent a couple of days here helping with a community consultation around access to the point.

To find out more visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orfordness

Lois Baker
Community Ranger
Wicken Fen

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