Community Biodiversity Projects In Norfolk

All across Norfolk, there are groups of people who have come together to take action voluntarily for wildlife and local places. Some of these groups are tackling a particular one-off project such as restoring a pond, whilst others are involved in the long-term management of sites such as community woodlands, heaths or churchyards. Some groups are roving and work on a number of different sites, whilst others are focussed on surveying and helping particular species, such as bats. Some groups are very new, whilst others have been going for over 40 years.

In June 2011, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) carried out a survey of community conservation groups in Norfolk, on behalf of the Biodiversity Partnership. The results of the survey revealed that there are at least 57 community environmental groups working in the county, involving more than 1,300 volunteers on some 200 different sites. Together, these groups make a tremendously important contribution to the conservation and management of Norfolk’s biodiversity.

Litcham Common Conservation Group Photo
Litcham Common Conservation Group

We have collated the survey information into an online directory, so that you can find out more about the activities and volunteering opportunities in your area. You can find the groups nearest to you by searching the directory by site name or council area. The search tool will provide you with a description of each project, together with contact details in case you’d like to get in touch. They’ll be pleased to hear from you - especially if you are offering your help (even if it’s just for a few hours).

If you are already involved with a local conservation group, you may want to find out more about the activities of other groups and learn from their experiences. For example, if you are planning to restore a pond, you can search the online directory by “activity type” to find other groups that are already involved in pond restoration, and seek advice on issues such as spoil disposal, the selection of contractors, the best time to carry out activities, etc,

Finally, we hope the directory demonstrates the commitment that volunteers in communities across Norfolk are making to conserve biodiversity and improve the local environment. As the pressures on biodiversity continue to mount, and as the resources available from both public and charitable bodies diminish, voluntary action by concerned individuals in the community will become ever more important. Conservation volunteering is also a great way to spend your spare time, keep fit and enjoy Norfolk’s natural areas.

If you notice an error in the directory, would like to update your entry, or have a new group that you would like to have included on the database, we would love to hear from you!