Challenges facing north Norfolk coast to be highlighted in new project

The Wells Maltings will show a short film as part of the project which highlights the challenges fac

The Wells Maltings will show a short film as part of the project which highlights the challenges facing the north Norfolk coast. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A new project which includes a bird box competition and the premiere of a new short film will highlight the challenges currently facing the north Norfolk coast.

The Norfolk Coast Partnership is working with the Open University Sounding Coastal Change project to use posting boxes made from specially adapted bird boxes to collect people's ideas and priorities.

The coast is currently facing many challenges including climate change, coastal erosion and impact on local communities.

Those who offer ideas will have the chance to win one of the boxes, which are specially designed to have holes suitable for various species.

Estelle Hook, Norfolk coast area of outstanding natural beauty manager, said: 'We are keen to hear from local people and visitors about their thoughts for the future of the coast.

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'We are using a range of methods to do this. Do seek out a bird box and send us your thoughts.'

Bird boxes have already been placed in Hunstanton, King's Lynn and Cromer council offices, a fish and chip shop in Burnham Market, a village store in Weybourne and the health centre in Mundesley.

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Until October 30 boxes will be at Birdscapes Art Gallery in Glandford, Stiffkey Stores local post office and shop, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Centre at Cley, the visitor information centre at Deepdale, the Wells Maltings and the new village hall in Trimingham.

Ms Hook said: 'People care passionately about this area, one of the birdboxes was full of suggestions just days after we put it in place.

'Dozens of replies and entries are in, with all sorts of fascinating and useful comments.'

A new short film about change on the coast, made by artist Gair Dunlop, will also be shown at the Wells Maltings.

The 29-minute film called 'Soundings' is part of a three year project which works with sound, music and different kinds of listening to explore how the coast is changing and how people's lives are changing with it.

Mr Dunlop said: 'The film has been constructed around a wide range of natural, composed, and recorded sounds, offering a new way to consider the mix of human and non-human activities and changes in north Norfolk.'

The film will be shown on November 13 at 6:30pm in a free screening with refreshments and time to give views and discuss.

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