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L-R:  Yellow wagtail CREDIT Roger Rawson/WWT

Migrating birds have been stopping off at a west Norfolk nature reserve to ‘speed feed’, ahead of their journeys to southern Europe and Africa.

Common Crane, Grus grus, confirmed breeding of at least one pair at Lakenheath Fen RSPB reserve. Suffolk, England. 17th May, 2007. Possibly for the first time in 400 years. Picture: ANDY HAY

They are among the country’s rarest birds – but two pairs of cranes at the Lakenheath Fen nature reserve are doing their best to change all that.

Some of the volunteers that helped to build the new boardwalk and the Volunteers' Hide at the reserve. Picture: Ian Burt

Volunteer builders, sponsors and supporters of a new boardwalk and bird watching hide, which offer panoramic views of the Wensum Valley, were thanked at its official opening.

A warning has been issued against climbing on the cliffs at West Runton. Picture: WESTRUNTONCAFE/FACEBOOK

A fed-up cafe owner has revealed she has been subjected to a barrage of abuse by visitors to the coast who are ignoring warnings against climbing the area’s crumbling cliffs. Now she plans to publicly shame them.

xxx_Seals released back into the wild at Hunstanton beach: Pictures supplied

Three rescued seals have been released back into the wild, easing the pressure on the hard-pressed animal care team at Hunstanton Sea Life sanctuary.

Burnham Overy Staithe at dusk. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The director of a Norfolk estate which manages one of the county’s most picturesque harbours has hit out at boaters who dumped two lorry engines to make a mooring.

Signs warning dog owners have gone up in the woods at Sandringham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Seasonal canine illness (SCI) was first reported in the autumn of 2009, when dogs walked in woodland at the Royal Estate at Sandringham and Thetford Forest began showing symptoms.

The tree house made by the Jennings family, from Taverham. that has been chosen as a finalist in a Center Parcs competition. Picture: Submitted

A Taverham family could be living the high life after their treetop creation put them in the finals of a hunt for the country’s best treehouse.

Natalie Emmerson from Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary and a seal pup: Picture Barry Williams

A record number of 52 grey and common seal pups have been rescued so far this year at Hunstanton Sea Life sanctuary – nine more than last year’s record with four months of the year still to go.

New orchard in Yarmouth

A new community orchard has been officially opened and named to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Herb Emerald moth, dscovered for the first time in the UK by Norwich enthusiast Matthew Casey.

A painstaking dedication to catching and studying moths has paid off for a Norfolk lepidopterist who has recorded the UK’s first sighting of a Mediterranean species.

Richard Belson, Russell Yeomans and Martin Warren at the fossil roadshow at West Runton.

Fossil experts have not ruled out another mammoth discovery being made on the north Norfolk coast at West Runton.

Conservationists ring and tag marsh harriers at Guist, near Fakenham. Picture: Andy Thompson

All beak, claws and feathers these fluffy chicks will soon grow into magnificent birds of prey.

Some of the Little Ouse Headwaters Project (LOHP) conservation volunteers at work making safe a split tree at The Lows at Blo Norton. From left, front, Nick Lingwood, Richard Minter, and trustee Reg Langston. Back, John Preston, John McCormack, Keith Seaman, Laura Cox, and trustee Rob Fuller. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A collaborative community effort which has devoted countless volunteer hours to the conservation of a unique and historic river valley has been honoured with a biodiversity award.

Turtle doves in a Norfolk garden. Picture: Chris Knights,

The drastic decline of the turtle dove may have hit the headlines in recent weeks – but these photos show there are isolated pockets of Norfolk where this once-common bird still thrives.

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West Norfolk Councillors this afternoon approved a controversial planning application which will see four chicken sheds built on the edge of Sedgeford.

Maggie Groom, who wrote a song about swifts. Picture: SUBMITTED

A song has been written to farewell Harleston’s famous swifts as they depart on their long flight to Africa.

Cromer Bus Station shelter has been nominated for a Graham Allen design award. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A bus shelter, play barn and tourist information centre are among the nominations for a prestigious conservation and design award.

Martin Hayward-Smith filmed sparrowhawks nexting high in a tree on the reserve, near Fakenham. Picture: Martin hayward-Smith.

In a tangle of twigs high up in an alder tree, a female sparrowhawk tends her brood.

Firefighters were called out to rescue a bird that had got stuck outside the B&Q store in King’s Lynn.

Green Build event at Felbrigg Hall.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Thousands of visitors are expected at a free event specialising in green living at a north Norfolk stately home

A futuristic solar-powered, self-compacting litter bin has landed in Great Yarmouth’s Market Place as the borough council trials the new technology.

A futuristic solar-powered, self-compacting litter bin has landed in Great Yarmouth’s Market Place as the borough council trials the new technology.

Winner Michael Eccles, centre, is pictured with second and third placed, Richard Bateson, left, and Callum Stanforth. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY

More than 400 runners took part in a traditional race to get a Norfolk village’s annual festivities under 
way.

Travellers at High Kelling.

Travellers will not be allowed to disrupt a family fun day in north Norfolk this weekend, according to organisers.

Residents in Belton have complained about the lack of grass cutting in the area.

Extra maintenance workers are out across the Great Yarmouth borough tackling the grass and weeds - which have grown faster than usual due to the uncommon weather conditions.

Holt Festival volunteer David Hurlbut, front of house at Theatre in the Woods.

It has been described as a cross between a Roman amphitheatre and a fairy dell.

Gaymer's Meadow where dog walkers are not picking up their dog's mess. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dog walkers have been warned to clean up their pets’ mess and follow the rules at parks around Attleborough.

Tawny owl, Strix aluco. Juvenile perched atop splintered trunk of Silver birch, Betula pendula.

It’s a wild night out - but not as you might expect.

Pupils at Watton Infants School have created a new garden as part of their Gardening Club. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A gang of green-fingered youngsters has knuckled down to transform their school’s forlorn garden into a thriving wildlife and plant haven.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust churchyard bioblitz at Thorpe Market church. Picture: SUBMITTED

More than 170 different species were recorded during a wildlife survey at a north Norfolk church yard.

Ted Ellis Nature Reserve, Surlingham

Picture of Ted Ellis



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Thirty years after the death of legendary Norfolk naturalist Ted Ellis, EDP nature writer REX HANCY looks back at the legacy of ‘E.A.E’ and wonders what he would have made of today’s world...

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