Coypu & mink

A Man of the Marshes (1947 – 2018)

Wally tells his story as the ‘King’ of the marshes. He is the last hand reedcutter and is leaving his legacy of knowledge to his sons.  I was born in Rockland St Mary, in the old Post Office row, in 1947. I had two sisters and one brother.  I just got one sister left now. […]

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Mission Impossible – coypu catching chronicles (1975-1989)

Ivan shares his memories of his time as a coypu trapper for Coypu Control on the East Anglian marshes. He details some background on coypu, the work involved with trapping, and the wonders of the marshes while working through all weather situations. I was a shopkeeper working 60 odd hours a week for the taxman […]

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Seven years a trapper – the coypu story (1982-2017)

Paul talks about his life as a coypu trapper, working on the marshes and the ten year eradication programme. He could have been the last Norfolk trapper to catch a coypu in Norfolk, in 1986. When I left school I wanted to be a gamekeeper, but unfortunately gamekeeper positions were few and far between. I applied […]

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Studying the coypu (1972 – 1975)

Kurt worked at the Coypu Research Laboratory in Norwich, and he describes his work out on the marshes and the waterways. I came to Norfolk from Wales. I swapped the hills and valleys of Wales for flat lands of Norfolk and the big sky and that would be in 1972. I started at the Coypu […]

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