Elvers and crayfish in 2014

2014 was a busy year for the RGCG. We were involved in a big river restoration at Bayfield, the de-silting of Selbrigg Pond and lots of other work pushed forward by the brilliant Norfolk Rivers...

Protecting the Glaven valley

The lower Glaven valley is part of the North Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), or as we say in Norfolk, Booty! A new community group has formed with the aim of protecting...

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....

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...

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...

The rare Great Silver Water Beetle

The Great Silver Water Beetle (Hydrophilus piceus) is an enormous aquatic insect clocking in at a massive 4 cm+! It is a threatened species in Britain and until a few days ago it was not...

River Glaven is a haven full of wonder

The River Glaven was the subject of a recent article by John Bailey in the Eastern Daily Press. The piece covered the fish history of the river and some of the important wildlife that the...

Hunworth invertebrate survey 2012

On April 1st 2012 myself, Mel Bickerton (University of Birmingham) and Laura George (UCL MSc student) undertook the second post-meandering invertebrate survey of the Glaven at Hunworth meadows. We spent all day at the river...