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BFER Newsletter 7th Edition December 2021

View this email in your browser Download as a PDF BFER NEWSLETTER 7th EDITION – December 2021 Welcome to the BFER newsletter Hello and welcome to the December edition of the BFER newsletter. It seems to have rushed up very quickly, but I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very […]

7th EDITION – December 2021

Welcome to the BFER newsletter

Hello and welcome to the December edition of the BFER newsletter.

It seems to have rushed up very quickly, but I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for 2022!

Special thanks go to all those BFER partners that have worked so hard to deliver amazing results in very difficult circumstances.

It’s also wonderful that we’ve had so many volunteers taking part in a wide range of exciting projects including conservation work, research, and citizen science. Many have benefitted from interesting training events to develop new skills in key areas and contributed lots of time to finding out new things about the Brecks heritage and biodiversity. The result of some of these projects are now starting to take shape and I hope that we will be celebrating a lot of these in 2022. Watch this space!

As always, I hope you enjoy some of the highlights of our activities included in this edition, and encourage you to share it with anyone who might be interested in finding out more or taking part.

I hope you enjoy reading this and would like to encourage you to provide feedback on content, submit ideas and articles, or links to relevant activities in the Scheme area by contacting

BFER Scheme Manager

Project Focus

Our partners have been incredibly busy this month, here are just a few highlights to celebrate key project milestones.

2.2 Tales from the River
During the month of November we held two training events, the first event volunteers were given a tour of the Suffolk Records Office and the second events volunteers were given a tour of the Norfolk Records Office.
Volunteers were given an introduction to the archives, how they can access them and the sort of records they hold. 

3.1 Citizen Science: Testing the Waters


The Freshwater Habitats Trust have published a report of the results from our water testings in the Brecks. 483 water samples were collected from March to June this year by volunteers and the sampling kits test for Nitrate and Phosphate in the water.

The report shows the unpolluted, some polluted and polluted areas that have been tested in the Brecks. The report also breaks the testing down into standing water (which included lakes and ponds) and running water (which included rivers, streams and ditches).

To view to report and accompanying presentation visit our project blog post.

4.5 Volunteer Hub & Engagement
November began the first in a series of guided walks provided by Positive Steps Fitness and Wellbeing. The first guided walk started at West Stow Country Park and then walking along the River Lark and into Kings Forest. We had 3 participants during this event along with our Scheme Manager Nick Dickson, the trail was 6 miles long which gave the opportunity to explore plenty of the Brecks.

If you are interested in joining our next guided walk and want to find out more information: click here

4.6 3rd Party Grant Fund
Towards the end of October and beginning of November, work began on the River Lark at West Stow Country Park. Bury Trout Club have been busy with local volunteers creating structures in the river and improving existing structures.

If you would like to read more about the project and the works that took place head over to our latest blog post.

In other news

We have been busy printing last month and we have a new BFER Leaflet and Volunteer Handbook.
You can view and download PDF versions of these over on our website.

The BFER Leaflet and Volunteer Handbook is available to our partners who wish to distribute, if you want us to send you some, please email

We have also teamed up with Squircle Creative to design and produce new promotional banners which we will have displayed for events and fairs in the years to come.


At the beginning of the month we met up with Water, Mills and Marshes, another Heritage Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme based in the Norfolk Broads
It was great to met up and discuss projects, how the scheme is going and if there is any ideas around collaboration. If you would like to learn more about Water, Mills and Marshes please visit their website.

Have you seen our latest Youtube video where we trained 12 volunteers on geophysics?

Also listen to Thetford Town Councils’ latest podcast episode featuring our very own Scheme Manager Nick Dickson!

Upcoming Events

We are really excited to share with you some of the wonderful outdoor events and activities that are in the pipeline.

BFER Events

The Mammals of NWT Thompson Common: 4th December
As part of the Watery Wildlife project Norfolk Wildlife Trust are hosting a training workshop for those who would like to know more about wildlife at Thompson Common.

Festive Guided Walk Session: 23rd December
Santa special walking from Santon Downham to Weeting
Part of our monthly programme of guided walks for all ages and abilities, led by Positive Steps Fitness and Wellbeing.


Do you have an event you would like us to promote on our newsletter, on our website, or across our social media pages?

Please complete the form for us to share your event:

Event detail form

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Partners below are recruiting volunteers for a variety of exciting projects in the Brecks:

Brecks’ Fen Edge and Rivers LP – Events Volunteers

Bush Adventures UK – Events Volunteers and Garden Volunteers

Charles Burrell Museum – Front of House Volunteer, Main Display Area Guide, Café Staff and Engine Specific Volunteer

Tales from the River – Research Volunteer

For more information on the opportunities visit:

Upcoming Opportunities:

Brecks’ Fen Edge and Rivers Archaeology – Geophysics Volunteer Opportunity. Recruiting stars mid-September. Join our mailing list or follow us on social media to sign up.

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park – Woodland Conservation Volunteer Opportunity. Details coming soon.

If you are recruiting volunteers in the Brecks area and would like to advertise your opportunities here, please email:

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While we are out filming videos for you, you can watch our latest video here:

Open Water Lifeguard Training May 2021

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