Sunday, 21 June 2015

David Attenborough opens new stretch of Norfolk reserve and education centre at Cley

A new footpath across a recently connected 8km swathe of continuous Norfolk coast welcomed its first visitors last Friday, 12 June 2015.

President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, Sir David Attenborough, and two young naturalists, Connor Lonergan and Sasha Carter-Lonergan took the first steps along the path as it officially opened to the public.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) purchased the missing stretch of land in 8km of protected coastal sites in 2012, thanks to a £900,000 public appeal and a grant of over £1.5m from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). 

The land - 143 acres - sits between its nature reserve at Salthouse Marshes, and NWT’s flagship reserve, Cley Marshes. Cley Marshes is one of the world’s leading bird-watching destinations and is a historic jewel in The Wildlife Trusts’ crown – it was The Trusts’ first ever nature reserve when it was acquired in 1926.

Over the past three years the new land has been transformed from its former use as land for commercial shooting.

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