The 2007 nominated species was Bittern. Funding received by the Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association following Wild About the Wensum 2007 was spent on ditch restoration at the NOA’s Hempton Marsh Reserve. Clearing of the North Ditch on the reserve took place in February 2008 and has significantly improved the drainage of the reserve, enhancing the habitat for wetland species such as Bittern and also Water Vole. This ditch work is an important part of a wider management plan to the site and was achieved with the support of money raised at the Wild About the Wensum event.
Ditch before clearing (top) and ditch after clearing (bottom).