Your chance to explore isolated Norfolk nature reserve

Heigham Holmes Island, near Martham.

Heigham Holmes Island, near Martham. - Credit: Archant © 2009

An open day at an isolated Broads nature reserve will offer a rare chance to explore its natural beauty.

The 500-acre reserve at Heigham Holmes, run by the National Trust, is surrounded by water and is largely inaccessible to the public.

But Sunday marks its annual open day, when families can have a look around and experience the floating swing bridge over the River Thurne at its entrance – the only one of its kind in the world.

Bug-hunting, kite-flying, pond- dipping and self-guided nature walks will be on the line-up, along with the popular snail race, in which Heigham's pedigree racing snails battle for a podium spot.

Stephen Prowse, area ranger, said: 'The Heigham Holmes Open Day is a really great way for us to share this amazing but largely unknown hidden gem on the Norfolk Broads and is a real highlight of our year. We have loads of nature-themed fun activities on offer for visitors throughout the day who can also explore the site on their own and learn more about our work in caring for this special place.'

The open day runs from 11am to 4pm, with last entry at 3.30pm.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the outdoor games at the reserve, while dogs are welcome if on a lead.

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Heigham Holmes, in Potter Heigham, has been under the care of the National Trust since 1987 and is home to the common crane, swallowtail butterfly and the Norfolk hawker dragonfly.

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