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Natural beauty spot is hosting events to mark trust group’s 40th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 15:24 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 20 September 2018

Members of the North Norfolk Norfolk WIldlife Trust group at Hunstanton Cliffs. Picture: BOB WARD

Members of the North Norfolk Norfolk WIldlife Trust group at Hunstanton Cliffs. Picture: BOB WARD

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Celebrations are underway to mark the 40th anniversary of the North Norfolk Local Group of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

A group of walkers move towards the vistors centre at the Cley Marshes. Picture: STEVE COXA group of walkers move towards the vistors centre at the Cley Marshes. Picture: STEVE COX

Activities taking place at the trust’s Cley Marshes visitors’ centre include a talk this evening (Thursday) at 6.30pm with wildlife author, Mark Cocker photographer Chris Knights.

There will also be an exhibition of memorabilia reflecting the history of wildlife conservation in north Norfolk. Wine and nibbles are included, booking is essential on 01263 740008.

The Cley and Salthouse Marshes nature reserve will be free to visit on Friday, September 21.

Five hides at Cley provide bird watching of resident wildfowl, migrating waders and unusual vagrants. The visitor centre is always free to visit and includes a gift shop and café.

People can explore Cley and Blakeney villages and the wild coastline on Saturday, September 22 with a self-guided heritage trail. Correct entries will be in with a chance of winning a family membership of the trust.

David Lincoln and trust staff will lead a bird box making workshop Sunday, September 23.

The trust has been challenged to make 108 bird boxes for a local wildlife site. Materials and expertise will be provided for this free event.

Nik Khandpur, head of development, said: “These events are open to all, including non-members of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and have been generously supported by Tesco Bags of Help. We are extremely lucky and grateful to have eight local members groups, which are closely involved in wildlife issues in their area.

“Groups meet informally throughout the year for talks, walks and social occasions. They provide another opportunity for everyone to be involved with Norfolk’s wildlife and conservation, from learning more about our amazing natural heritage to becoming actively engaged in conservation work.

“They also raise crucial funds for NWT’s work to save wildlife. We hope many people join us and the North Norfolk Local Group this weekend to celebrate their anniversary and to discover the area’s rich wildlife heritage for themselves.”

Andy Clarke, chairman of the North Norfolk Local Group said: “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate 40 years of talks, walks and local activities, which have raised more than £25,000 in support of wildlife conservation in north Norfolk.”

If you are interested in joining the group please contact Mr Clarke on 01263 821259.

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