Deep in the fen at Burgh Common, Fleggburgh, near Acle, a digger is manoeuvring nimbly to dig out a new turf pond to improve the wildlife habitat.

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Built and operated by Olympic, a company based at Rackheath, the special machine is adapted to work in sensitive landscape areas and creates less damage than a man’s footprint.

The Broads Authority’s senior conservationist, Andrea Kelly, said the pond was one of more than 40 being created by the authority as part of the national Million Ponds Project. Temporary ponds within fen habitats guaranteed clean water, were rich in wildlife and recreated reed swamp.

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  • These conservationists and environmental scientists are the limit. They are bent on making up projects to create a job for themselves. I have known this common for over three decades. It is immensely rich in wildlife, it had the little broad and when it is wet small pools form in lows and it is within spitting distance of Filby Broad. It was a nice undisturbed area of wet rush and grass with all the associated bird life and cattle grazing to poach it up a bit All in all it was typical of a wet rough grazing common with a cattle pond at one end- a bit of history in itself and something which is disappearing fast from the area. As soon as the wildlife bodies got their hands on it they could not leave well alone and have done nothing but mess it about since. It didnt need a pond just so some office environmentalist could tick a box for a national project.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, September 28, 2012



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