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	Autumn sunset over the Norfolk Broads

Set up a decade ago by three men keen to enhance the region’s Broads, it is a project which has since, with the backing of dozens of local businesses, boosted community-run schemes all over the wetlands. LAUREN COPE reports.

Sheringham Primary School Eco Club members celebrate after winning a £250 Total Green School award for their energy-saving efforts. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Environmentally-aware youngsters at Sheringham Primary School have bagged a £250 award, after coming up with a scheme to save cash and energy by switching from conventional to LED lighting.

The flooded underpass in Toftwood, near Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Fresh calls are being made to sort out the flooding issue of the A47 footpath underpass between Toftwood and Dereham amid fears a child could be killed if they try to cross the busy highway instead of wading through water or taking a long detour.

The sun sets over Saddlebow, near the site of King's Lynn Incinerator. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An independent inquiry launched following the ill-fated waste incineration scheme in King’s Lynn has been abandoned, it has been confirmed.

The proposed silica sand site at Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt

West Norfolk Council has now highlighted its concerns over mineral sites proposed by Norfolk County Council for silica sand extraction.

Marine Conservation Society volunteer Michelle Duffy (back, left) with staff and pupils from Northrepps Primary School, who carried out a beach clean at nearby village Overstrand. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Eco-friendly pupils at Northrepps Primary School have been showing off their green credentials, by helping pick up rubbish from the beach at neighbouring village Overstrand.

Richard Howard who has a tall echium growing in his garden in Ormesby.

Picture: James Bass

Their garden is a tropical oasis, full of plants usually seen in far warmer climes than Ormesby.

The launch of the guide to eating out in the Broads at the Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall. Jacquie Burgess, vice chairman of the Broads Authority. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A leading figure at the body behind the Broads has been chosen to oversee the family of national parks around the country.

Yoga instructor Emily Moll and her class members celebrating the summer solstice with a yoga session at St Mary's Priory, Beeston Regis. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Yoga fans from all over north Norfolk gathered at historic landmark St Mary’s Priory, at Beeston Regis, to mark the longest day of the year on Monday.

The adult peregrines on the spire of Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Hawk and Owl Trust/Facebook

The story of Norwich Cathedral’s peregrine falcons has taken an unusual turn.

Lynx

Photograph: Erwin Van Maanen

A controversial scheme to reintroduce lynx into Thetford Forest has been abandoned.

Scottow Solar Farm at Coltishall. Picture: Mike Page

Norfolk is home to over one million solar panels, with the potential to produce 265MW of renewable energy. At full capacity that’s enough to power over 80,000 homes - a fifth of all households in the county.

Horses on Bowthorpe Southern Park. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Horses have been removed from a riverside park after the city council intervened.

Peregrine female feeding the four chicks on May 4

The Hawk and Owl Trust has reversed its earlier to shut down the cameras over looking Norwich Cathedral’s peregrine box.

Black-tailed godwit male seen with two female partners for the first time at WWT Welney. Image of black-tailed godwit.

Staff monitoring the behaviour of the birdlife in the Fens have spotted a particularly amorous individual residing in the washes.

Aldeburgh

Traces of radioactive material have been found on a second Suffolk beach by scientists monitoring the area around Sizewell.

Photographs like this from James Woodend will be on display at the exhibition.

An exhibition of some of the world’s best new garden photography is set to go on display at the National Trust’s Sheringham Park.

The second peregrine chick died at Norwich Cathedral spire. Photo: Hawk and Owl Trust

The story of this year’s brood of peregrine falcon chicks at Norwich Cathedral has taken a rather tragic twist.

Diamondback moth_Picture.Rothamsted Research.

It might not look like the most menacing of threats, but this tiny creature is causing mounting concern among scientists and farmers.

Gregory the goose, who has been killed by a stray dog. Picture: Terry Large

A community is mourning a much-loved village mascot, killed by a stray dog.

People could have their recycling bins taken away if they repeatedly faily to recycle properly.

Households that repeatedly fail to recycle waste properly are being warned today that they could have their bins taken away.

Play equipment is being replaced on the green at Ormesby. Workers arrived on Sunday to fence off the area and dismantle what what was there.

As a climbing frame, two sets of swings and a horse were taken away from the village green at Ormesby contractors were this week poised to install new apparatus worth more than £18,000.

A view over Ongar Hill, Terrington St Clements, near one of the wind turbine sites. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The impact a windfarm could have on the Fenland landscape was among the arguments presented at the opening of an appeal hearing into a controversial planning application.

The second peregrine chick died at Norwich Cathedral spire. Photo: Hawk and Owl Trust

An intruding peregrine at Norwich Cathedral has attacked and killed the final fledgling chick and the surviving siblings have been taken into care.

Chick 43 preparing to fly early on Thursday morning

The first of the chicks at the spire of Norwich Cathedral has been found dead just hours after spreading her wings for the first time.

BTO cuckoo Stanley

He has served his species with distinction, making a contribution to science that will inform future generations of researchers.

Wymondham in Bloom

Residents have been encouraged to vote in this year’s Wymondham in Bloom flower competition.

Hickling Broad.

Picture: James Bass

Almost 3,500 cubic metres of silt has been dredged from Hickling Broad as part of a £1.4m vision to boost both water quality and biodiversity.

Rocky the great-crested newt niffer dog at the NDR.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

From rescued to rescuer in the space of a year, Rocky the spaniel is taking leaps and bounds into new territory as one of the first of the breed trained to root out great-crested newts.

'Women In Wellies' A new conservation group foe women has been set-up at Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham.
Sally Baits, Emma Rose, Mary McCambridge, Kirsty Rose, Lydia Sutton and Sue Telford.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A new home for insects and the restoration of a sensory garden are among the projects ticked off by a Broads volunteer conservation group.

Open Farm Sunday 2016. Clarkes Farm, Martham. Jacob Townsin (5) next to the giant self propelled sugarbeet loader  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

East Anglia’s diverse range of crops, livestock and landscapes were revealed to the public as farmers across the region opened their gates for Open Farm Sunday.

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