Conservation & ecology

Shell man (1960s-2019)

Derek’s interest in snails started at a young age, and whilst they are his main interest he has a keen interest in all wildlife including birds and butterflies. He has volunteered at Wheatfen Broad and has been involved with carrying out many marsh surveys including a five year study of Haddiscoe Island. My interest in […]

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Spreading the word about wildlife (1970s-2019)

Chris talks about his lifelong interest in birds, his involvement in various projects, particularly protecting little terns and the return of cranes during his long career working for the RSPB. He organises tours for people interested in finding out more about conservation and wildlife. I was born in Hendon, North London, and lived there with […]

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Studying the coypu (1972-1975)

Kurt worked at the Coypu Research Laboratory in Norwich, and he describes his work out on the marshes and the waterways. I came to Norfolk from Wales. I swapped the hills and valleys of Wales for flat lands of Norfolk and the big sky and that would be in 1972. I started at the Coypu […]

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The eight-year saga of Catfield Fen (2008-2016)

Tim and Geli Harris live at Catfield Hall and are in a continuing battle to preserve the unique wildlife of Catfield Fen, which has been described in its official conservation designation as ‘the finest valley fen in Western Europe’.  I met my wife Geli when we were both 17 and we’re now approaching 70, having been […]

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The making of Strumpshaw Fen (1960s-2018)

Mike was already working for the RSPB when he got the opportunity, at very short notice, to get his own site, at Strumpshaw. He talks to us about arriving at the fen, initially living in a caravan on site and the years of work put into the development and maintenance of Strumpshaw Fen. I was […]

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Wildlife conservation on the Broads (1950s-2019)

Rodney grew up near the river in south Norfolk. He studied zoology and geography and lived for a time in Australia where he was the environmental representative on the Macquarie River Advisory Committee. He compares the area to the Broads. More recently he has been involved with bird surveys and remembers the coypu eradication campaigns. […]

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