The Brundall Church Fen Local Nature Reserve :: Shared Description

The Brundall Church Fen local nature reserve comprises 3.133 hectares (7.743 acres) of fen and alder carr. It is located south of St Laurence church and accessed via Church Lane, with the River Yare forming its southern, Brundall Broad its western, and the railway line its northern boundary.

The area known as Church Fen was purchased by the Brundall Parish Council in March 1980. Faden's map (1797) shows it as fen or marsh, but on the 1st edition OS map (dating from 1838) it is marked as grazing land. By 1908, a few patches of woodland had appeared. In the 1980s, the site was traversed by two tracks or roadways, the routes of which are today followed by the main footpath leading to the River Yare, and a linked boardwalk further to the west which leads back to Brundall village.

Due to the gradual decline of grazing in the 20th century, the marsh was taken over by scrub and carr until, in 1998, the parish council decided to transform it into a conservation area. In July 2003, the site was officially designated a local nature reserve and in 2006 the council won a prestigious CPRE Norfolk award for the creation and management of the reserve, which is left more or less as nature designed it. Dead and fallen trees are left in place, attracting wood-rotting fungi and providing homes for owls and bats. With public safety in mind, however, access is restricted to the designated path and the boardwalk, and there is no public access at all to the reed bed situated at the centre of the site. Both pathways are flanked by drainage ditches and swamp and walkers are advised to watch their steps.

Anglers have always used the site as a number of fishing perches on the bank of the River Yare attest. Dog walkers are welcome. The Broads Authority maintains 24-hour moorings, known as the Church Fen Moorings.

by Evelyn Simak
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TG3208 : Cone flower (Rudbeckia laciniata) by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Orange Balsam  (Impatiens capensis) by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Orange Balsam  (Impatiens capensis) by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Narrow path past Himalayan balsam by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : A bend in the boardwalk by Evelyn Simak
TG3207 : A cruiser on the River Yare by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Apple of Peru (Nicandra physalodes) - seed pods by Evelyn Simak
TG3108 : Church Fen moorings by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum) by Evelyn Simak
TG3108 : Moored at Church Fen moorings by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Common hemp nettle (Galeopsis tetrahit) by Evelyn Simak
TG3108 : Boardwalk through the carr by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : The reed bed by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Railway crossing to Church Lane by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Common hemp nettle (Galeopsis tetrahit) by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : An old ash tree on the edge of Church Fen by Evelyn Simak
TG3207 : View down the River Yare by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Common hemp nettle (Galeopsis tetrahit) by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Cone flower (Rudbeckia laciniata) by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Apple of Peru (Nicandra physalodes) by Evelyn Simak
TG3207 : Muddy drainage ditch in Church Fen by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Vegetation encroaching onto the boardwalk by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : Orange Balsam  (Impatiens capensis) by Evelyn Simak
TG3208 : View along Church Lane by Evelyn Simak
TG3108 : Boardwalk traversing Church Fen by Evelyn Simak

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Created: Thu, 17 Aug 2017, Updated: Fri, 18 Aug 2017

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