The longest established wildlife trust in the UK celebrated its 90th birthday this month.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust was set up in 1926, after a group of men bought 435 acres of marsh at Cley, a village on the River Glaven.
The area was renowned for its stature in birdlife and the men, led by Dr Sydney Long, went ahead and vowed to create the trust – originally called the Norfolk Naturalists Trust – of which they promised to preserve "in perpetuity as a bird-breeding sanctuary".
It wasn’t long before the foundation became part of the wildlife trust movement, and it was then that it became the first of 47 county or regional trusts that we have today in the UK.
In the present day, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust now maintains in excess of 50 nature reserves in the county alone, including woodland, wetland, and heathland, as well as coastal habitats which are home to a plethora of species such as marsh harrier, water vole, otter, bitten, and the common crane.
The trust, which successfully cares for so much space in the region, close to our Norfolk holiday chalets, now boasts more than 35,000 members and continues to educate and inform in excess of 5,000 young people on school and university excursions annually.
Chief Executive of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Brendan Joyce, said: "We are proud of our role saving Norfolk's wildlife over such a long time and we are delighted to share the spectacle of Cley.”
Photo by: Tony Court