Volunteer plea for Thetford nature reserve

PUBLISHED: 12:39 16 September 2012

The British Trust for Ornithology's  Nunnery Lakes nature reserve in Thetford.

The British Trust for Ornithology's Nunnery Lakes nature reserve in Thetford.

A wildlife charity in Thetford is calling on volunteers to come forward to help out at its nature reserve on the southern edge of the town.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is looking for people in and around the town to help at the 80ha Nunnery Lakes, which is a County Wildlife Site and is home to a wide range of wildlife including species such as the otter, water vole, lapwing, and skylark.

The trust is looking for people from the local community who are passionate about the countryside and who would be willing to give up some of their time.

Ongoing management work includes path maintenance, scrub clearance and fence maintenance. Volunteers will also get the chance to help out on specific projects such as creating and maintaining nest sites for barn owls, kingfishers and oystercatchers. Thetford Garden Centre have agreed to provide the tools and equipment.

The reserve contains a wide variety of habitats including Breckland grass heath, wet woodland and flood-meadows.

A reserve open evening will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the BTO’s headquarters in Thetford and there will be a special presentation by the reserve manager Chris Gregory. Contact the BTO on 01842 750050 or email

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