Wildlife at Blakeney Point 2013

The River Glaven meets Blakeney Harbour between Blakeney freshwater marshes (“The Freshes”) and Blakeney Point. Both the freshes and the point are part of Blakeney National Nature Reserve, owned and managed by the National Trust....

Glaven crayfish transfer III

Over the 18th-19th September, volunteers from the RGCG, Environment Agency, UCL and the Norfolk Non-native Species Initiative were involved in the third Glaven white-clawed crayfish transfer. As usual all volunteers were by guided by the...

RGCG wins biodiversity award

The River Glaven Conservation Group has won the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership “Community Biodiversity Award”. On the 23rd July, Robin Combe, Ian Shepherd and Carl Sayer represented the RGCG at the Annual Norfolk Biodiversity awards held...

Searching for the brook lamprey

A quick pond net dabble in the upper Glaven in March revealed one of the rivers least well known but most interesting inhabitants.  Hidden in thick silt were a number of juvenile brook lamprey. Britain...

Waterbirds return to Bayfield Lake

I have been recording the birds on the Bayfield estate since 1997 and my survey patch includes beautiful Bayfield Lake. In summer-autumn 2012 Bayfield was de-silted in a major project aimed at improving the ecological...

Volunteers needed for river restoration work

Volunteers are needed to help with river restoration work on the Gunthorpe Stream (aka the Thornage Beck) this spring-summer. The RGCG is planning a programme of “light-touch” stream bed improvements with some digging work to...

Volunteer work day at Little Thornage

In early January a small group of hardy volunteers convened at Little Thornage meadows, an important area for fen and wet meadow habitat. The meadows have had regular low level grazing since the award-winning “Cinderella”...

Remembering the Meadows – Summer 2012

There are few places as tranquil and beautiful as the Hunworth meadows in the middle Glaven valley.  In 2008 cattle grazing recommenced at Hunworth (after a long absence) as part of a river-meadow restoration project...

The secret history of Bayfield Lake

Bayfield Lake is a beautiful long, thin, river-fed lake in the lower Glaven valley. The lake was dug for ornamental purposes in the late eighteenth century and since this time it has slowly been filling...

Glaven to Stiffkey crayfish transfer

Recently Robin Combe wrote a blog post on his incredible trapping efforts aimed at eradicating the non-native American Signal Crayfish from the Watering Lane, Glaven tributary. Unfortunately, just after Robin’s blog, he discovered a small...