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National Trust's Heigham Holmes near martham. Photo: Simon Finlay.

National Trust's Heigham Holmes near martham. Photo: Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant © 2009

A Broads nature reserve, surrounded by water making it inaccessible to the public, is to be open for one day only – this weekend.

National Trust's Heigham Holmes near martham. Photo: Simon Finlay.

National Trust's Heigham Holmes near martham. Photo: Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant © 2009

Heigham Holmes nature reserve near Martham has been under the care of the National Trust since 1987 and is home to a host of wildlife, some of which is unique to the area – including the common crane, swallowtail butterfly and the Norfolk hawker dragonfly.

This largely unknown reserve will open on Sunday, allowing the public to explore and experience its natural beauty and wildlife.

Heigham Holmes also has an exciting secret second world war history and was apparently an RAF base for the special operations executive, flying Lysander aircraft and carrying agents into occupied Europe.

However at the end of the war all evidence was removed and files were committed to archives and not to be released for 100 years.


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Opening at 11am and closing at 4:30pm with last entry at 4pm, entry to the site is free via an unusual floating swingbridge over the River Thurne at Martham Ferry.

With a family theme, there will be lots of activities including some from the National Trust's '50 things to do before you're 11¾' list.

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There will be bug hunting, kite flying, pond dipping, build a home for a wild animal (bookable event), a self-guided nature walk and more as well as light refreshments including drinks, snacks and ice-creams.

'There's something for everyone whether a wildlife enthusiast or just a family wanting a fun day out.

'It's such a special location and it's really great for us to be able to share it with the public. This year we have added some new attractions including kite flying and a picnic area which we hope people will enjoy,' said Alex Green, a National Trust learning officer.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead. Free parking is available at Martham Ferry. Follow the signs from Martham village.

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