December 7 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Volunteers who care for one of Norfolk’s hidden wonders received a Royal endorsement when the Duke of Edinburgh came to see them at work.
Prince Philip toured Dersingham Bog - a heath and mire on the edge of the Sandringham estate - which is leased by Natural England and cared for by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).
The 92-year-old Royal, who spent weeks recuperating after undergoing abdominal surgery in June, set off on foot at a brisk pace after being met by Richard Jewson, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, West Norfolk Mayor Liz Watson, Chief Insp Simon Bailey, from Norfolk police, and officials from TCV.
The Duke saw scrub clearence work being undertaken, to preserve the unique habitats the 400-acre reserve supports.
Nightjars, woodlarks and tree pippits all live in the bog, while its pond supports the black darter, a rare damselfly.