Project aims to save river

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The beautiful Babingley in West Norfolk is the jewel in the crown of the Norfolk Rivers Trust Nine Chalk Rivers Project.

It runs from above Flitcham through to a tidal flap in The Wash and is one of only 210 chalk rivers in the world, with 160 in the UK and 15 in Norfolk.

Chalk rivers are unique and support a diverse range of plants and animals in their clear cool waters which run over gravel beds.

The Nine Chalk Rivers project run by the Norfolk Rivers Trust aims to work in partnership with landowners and local people to try to reverse these problems.

UEA PhD researcher Sarah Taigel, 30, uses computer technology to engage people with the environment around them.

Sarah has run several workshops with the Norfolk Rivers Trust to engage communities with their rivers and will be running sessions in August at Flitcham Community Centre for local communities to find out more about this beautiful river and the benefits we gain from our environment.

During the session participants will be encouraged to tell Sarah about this river and its surrounding area.

Where are its problems? How can the river be restored to make its waters run clearer and improve habitat for fish and wildlife? What would you improve if you could?

Sessions take place at the Community Centre in Flitcham at 10.30am-12, 1.30-2.30pm on Tuesday and Saturday, August 30. August. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

For more information, contact Sarah Taigel on 01603 591362, or via mobile on 07799 897533, at or book online at