Nature reserves

Educating the younger generation about wildlife (1950s-2019)

Rodger was a motor engineer who became interested in wildlife in the 1990s and worked with young people through the RSPB’s Wildlife Explorers and outreach at Strumpshaw and Wheatfen, and across the marshes. He believes going into the education side of wildlife actually educated him more than anything else!  Early days I was born in 1946 […]

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Gamekeeper and conservationist (1960s – 2018)

After being a part time gamekeeper on the Strumpshaw Hall estate Joe had the opportunity to become a full time game keeper at Buckenham, he describes the duties and responsibilities involved with this role. Early life and an introduction to wildlife I was born in Globe Lane, Blofield and went to Blofield School. Mr Matticks […]

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Looking back to move forward: The Wheatfen warden (2017-2019)

 Will is the current warden of Wheatfen Nature Reserve, the Ted Ellis Trust. He has been there for nearly three years having taken over from David Nobbs in 2017. David spent 25 years managing the reserve, from soon after it was established. I’m not a true Norfolk born and bred local as such; I actually […]

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Spreading the word about wildlife (1970s-2019)

Chris talks about his lifelong interest in birds, his involvement in various projects, particularly protecting little terns and the return of cranes during his long career working for the RSPB. He organises tours for people interested in finding out more about conservation and wildlife. I was born in Hendon, North London, and lived there with […]

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The making of Strumpshaw Fen (1960s – 2018)

Mike was already working for the RSPB when he got the opportunity, at very short notice, to get his own site, at Strumpshaw. He talks to us about arriving at the fen, initially living in a caravan on site and the years of work put into the development and maintenance of Strumpshaw Fen. I was […]

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