information on current projects and initiatives, press releases, events and new publications. UPDATED January 15, 2018
Introductory Astronomy Course 2018
North Norfolk Astronomy Society are holding a introductory Astronomy Course for Beginners at Bodham Village Hall. The 4 evening course is on 23 February, 2, 9, 16 March 2018.
Eight topics area spread over the four evenings to cover the Night Sky, Constellations, Solar System, Planets, Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Deep Sky, Telescopes and Space exploration. If weather conditions outside are suitable the Society's telescopes will be set up for some practical astronomy.
To book a place, go to http://www.nnas.org
Rationalising the Main River Network update
The Environment Agency has been working with a number of internal drainage boards (IDBs), lead local flood authorities (LLFAs to consider the option of re-designating several sections of watercourse, in a number of locations across England, from main river to ordinary watercourse – a term we refer to as de-maining. Consultation on the proposals to re-designate stretches of the main river watercourse to an ordinary watercourse in Suffolk will begin in January 2018. We will be following a different timeline for the Norfolk watercourses, with formal consultation now taking place later in 2018, once the proposals are fully developed and approved. The watercourses in Norfolk that the proposals affect are:
- the River Hun near Holme next the Sea
- the River Stiffkey near Great Snoring
- the River Tiffey (also known as Bays River) near Wymondham
- Tunstall Dyke near Acle
- Waxham Cut near Sea Palling
- the Wendling Beck near Dereham
- the River Tud, west of Norwich
- the River Whitewater near Reepham
- Spixworth Beck, north of Norwich
- Stone Beck, north of Norwich
- the River Blackwater near Cranworth
Marie Coleman RMRN Pilot Lead, Tel: 02084 747960, Email: PSOENS@environment-agency.gov.uk
North Norfolk District Council Business Awards
The inaugural North Norfolk District Council Business Awards are designed to celebrate, promote and unearth the many great things that our diverse range of employers and businesses are doing across the District. The awards are free to enter, and entry takes just a few minutes. Shortlisted businesses in each of the seven categories will be invited to the awards ceremony at Gresham's School next February, where the winners will be announced. Visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/businessawards/index.html and take this opportunity to shout about some of the successes you have enjoyed over recent years.
Marine Management Organisation
The Marine Management Organisation is recruiting 3 Board Members. Would you like to play a leading role in transforming the ways that we manage our seas as we leave the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy? For further information see the attached advert.
Have your say on windfarm cable route
Formal Consultation on Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm will involve: Proposed Access Routes; Potential Onshore Cable Corridor Re-routes; Potential Storage Areas; Potential Visual Screening; Potential Footpath Diversion; Potential Offshore Alternative Routes. Where can you view the latest plans? Documents, plans and maps showing the nature and location of Hornsea Project Three can be accessed free of charge from www.hornseaproject3.co.uk, during the Consultation from 23 November until 22 December 2017 at Holt, Reepham, Hethersett, Taverham and Poringland Libraries. (The area of the AONB directly impacted with this proposal is Weybourne inland through an area east of Holt).
New report on housing in AONBs published
The CPRE and our National Association of AONBs have today published a review of housing in AONBs. An Independent Review of Housing In England's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty 2012-2017.
In response to the just-published national independent review of housing development in areas of outstanding natural beauty Estelle Hook, acting Manager of the Norfolk Coast Partnership said: "The Norfolk coast is cherished for its landscape which includes a range of housing including modest vernacular buildings. Our aim is to ensure appropriate development maintains this special character, with enough affordable homes to make sure the area stays a living place, not a museum. We do this through working with all partners through our long term, statutory management plan for the coast. (Further information in the Planning section)
Wildfowling on designated sites consultation
Natural England is seeking views on proposed changes to the assessment and consenting process for wildfowling on designated sites in England. The page outlining this can found here. (https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-england/wildfowling-guidance-review/). At the bottom of the page you will find a short online survey to complete. Consultation closes on December 1st 2017
Rationalising the Main River Network (RMRN project). Over the last year, the Environment Agency has been working closely with key partners such as Internal Drainage Boards and Lead Local Flood Authorities to develop proposals to re-designate sections of selected watercourses across five pilot sites in England. This re-designation of selected 'Main Rivers' as 'Ordinary Watercourses' (a process called de-maining), will allow the transfer of the management and/or regulation of these watercourses to other willing Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) such as Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs), Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) and Local Authorities (LAs). NOTE: these drop-in events have now been held, see attachment for further information.
Norfolks Biggest BioBlitz
The weekend of 22 & 23 July 2017 saw one of Norfolk's largest wildlife surveys conducted in the county. Norfolk Wildlife Trust with National Trust, RSPB, Natural England and Holkham Estate carried out a BioBlitz stretching from Holme-next-the-Sea in west Norfolk to Salthouse in the east. A BioBlitz is the identification and recording of as many species as possible within a 24-hour period, ranging from small insects to large mammals. Recording of data collected continues with further information and results available on the NBIS website at http://www.nbis.org.uk/CoastalBioblitz_ResultsMap.
It is hoped that this huge BioBlitz will uncover some wildlife treasures that were previously unknown to be present along the North Norfolk coast. All discoveries made during the BioBlitz will be submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network to help increase our understanding of how wildlife along the North Norfolk coast is changing and how best to protect it.
2017 Poetry competition
Deadline for entries was October 30 and poems will be published on our website, and a selection in a book, to celebrate 50 years of the Norfolk Coast being designated an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1968. Communications officer Lucy Galvin said: "We have received many beautiful poems from near and far, from eight to eighty year old poets expressing what the Norfolk Coast means to them."
Holme public access restriction consultation
Natural England consultation on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve closed on November 3rd 2017. You can access the consultation page here. (https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-england/open-access-restriction-at-holme-dunes-nwt-1/).
Natural England survey
Natural England, the government's adviser for the natural environment in England, survey on the North Norfolk Coast closed midnight on the 12th November 2017.
Could you be an eco award winner
The search is on for community groups with a proven passion for the planet to enter the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards, which celebrates and rewards environmental excellence across the city and county. Visit www.eco-awards.co.uk for more information and to apply. Closing date 1 December 2017
Buy the Norfolk Coast Cycleway map on-line
Our Norfolk Coast Cycleway Maps are available for sale via Paypal from our website.
Environment Agency Autumn coastal works
Between October and December 2017 works will taking place at a number of key outfall structures located along the north Norfolk coast between the Hun Outfall to Cley New Cut Outfall structure (PDF contains maps). The role of these structures is to discharge freshwater and prevent tidal water entering the freshwater side. At a number of sites, a public footpath runs along the flood embankment. The footpath will remain open but we would ask people to observe warning signs and keep clear of the working area.
RSPB Snettisham hide rebuilding appeal
With help from its supporters, RSPB Snettisham want to replace the two hides that were destroyed with one that is bigger and better, designed to stand up to future storm surges and help inspire a whole new generation of nature lovers with the sights and sounds of The Wash. To find out more follow on the Snettisham Crowd Facebook and Twitter pages or tel: 01485 542263.
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National Association of AONBs
The National Association for AONBs have published their Annual Review which gives a snap shot of the work done by the AONB Family this year to conserve and enhance the UK's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to help more people to get out to enjoy and help look after them. More information can be found under AONB designation.
Plant recording volunteers
Plantlife are looking for volunteers to record plants in square kilometre plots all over the country as part of the National Plant monitoring scheme. No botanical skills or qualifications are needed - see their poster to discover more about the project.
Power lines cleared from sight
The Norfolk Coast Partnership has gained agreement for the removal of the overhead electricity lines which run between Burnham Overy Windmill and Burnham Overy Watermill and from the rear of the Watermill south towards the edge of Burnham Overy Town.
The work will be funded by the electricity provider (UK Power Networks) through an allowance approved by the industry regulator (OFGEM) to improve the visual amenity value of lower voltage power lines within National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The scheme will provide significant improvement to one of the iconic views/photographs of the AONB, namely the view of the Windmill from the A149, as appreciated by many visitors who pause there specifically to appreciate this historic building.
UK Power Networks is now working to finalise the administrative and technical details and the scheme is likely to be implemented in 2017.