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Anglian Water's Ingoldisthorpe wetland site attracts huge amount of wildlife




A wetland area established on farmland close to the sewage treatment works at Ingoldisthorpe has created a habitat which is now attracting a huge amount of wildlife.

An explanation of the aims and progress made at the site was given in a talk by Dr Jonah Tosney, operations director of the Norfolk Rivers Trust, at Ingoldisthorpe Village Hall on Saturday, followed by a guided tour of the area.

The 20-year Anglian Water funded project intercepts sewage works effluents reducing ammonia and phosphate, which instead of going straight into the River Ingol, now passes through four ponds which have been built. They serve as a massive biological filter with plants "mopping up" the nutrients.

Jonah Tosney, operations director of Norfolk Rivers Trust, explains to visitors what has been achieved at the Ingoldisthorpe wetlands site (13812726)
Jonah Tosney, operations director of Norfolk Rivers Trust, explains to visitors what has been achieved at the Ingoldisthorpe wetlands site (13812726)

Said Jonah: "Plant life species are getting really diverse and a complex eco-system has been created. The habitat is attracting birds, dragonflies, frogs and toads and the margins are filled with wildflower meadow mix."

He said the habitat is also ideal for native crayfish and attempts will be made to introduce them soon. There are also plans to get fish back into the River Ingol, which will be the next project.

Some of the visitors at the wetlands site (13812728)
Some of the visitors at the wetlands site (13812728)

The Norfolk Rivers Trust, a conservation charity, began looking at the River Ingol five years ago, researching its wildlife, understanding its problems and identifying way of making it healthier.

Purple loosestrife on the water's edge (13812734)
Purple loosestrife on the water's edge (13812734)

The site was officially opened last year by pupils from Ingoldisthorpe Primary School.

The wetlands area is on private farmland but interested groups may be able to arrange viewing by contacting Jonah at the charity. His email address is jonahtosney@norfolkriverstrust.org

The wetlands site at Ingoldisthorpe (13812732)
The wetlands site at Ingoldisthorpe (13812732)

The talk and tour event was arranged by the village hall committee and was well attended by scores of visitors. All money raised will go towards the hall's redecoration fund.


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