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Rare beetle found in secret garden on Norfolk Broads

The Black Longhorn Beetle particularly favours dead alder stumps and branches. Credit: Broads Authority

A rare beetle has been discovered on the Norfolk Broads.

The Black Longhorn Beetle (Stictoleptura Scutellata) at How Hill was found on a tall, dead beech trunk in the secret garden at How Hill.

This unusual beetle spends most of its time in the canopy of large trees, but can be found on flowers.

It's the first time the beetle has been spotted in Norfolk.

"The discovery of this conservation priority species shows the success of our work to retain the full age structure of trees, particularly old deadwood which this rare longhorn beetle requires."

– Andrea Kelly, Senior Ecologist for the Broads Authority



£1 million wetland to be created on the Norfolk Broads

The newly purchased land sits alongside Breydon Water and Berney Marshes Credit: RSPB

A new one million pound wetland will be built in the Norfolk Broads over the next few years.

An area the size of 100 football pitches will be created to home vulnerable birds and wildlife.

The new wetland will provide suitable breeding conditions for wading birds such as lapwings, avocets, redshanks and yellow wagtails. It will also provide a feeding ground for thousands of migrant birds looking to refuel after a long flight.

The RSPB says the project will help create homes for new species as they move to the Broads.

"Wildlife needs space to roam, and this new area of nature reserve will create a vital stepping stone for our wild residents to make a home in other parts of the Broads and provide a feeding ground for thousands of migrant birds looking to refuel after a long flight.

Through this work we are looking forward to continuing on the area's legacy as a crucial safe haven for some of the UK's most vulnerable birds and wildlife."

– Mark Smart, RSPB

Woman dies after falling from boat on Broads

A woman who fell from a hire boat on the Norfolk Broads has died in hospital.

The woman, who was in her seventies, fell into the water near Potter Heigham yesterday afternoon. She was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where she died this afternoon. Her next of kin have been informed.

Norfolk Police say that they are preparing a report for the Coroner, but that at this stage they believe the fall was a tragic accident.

Woman falls from boat on Norfolk Broads

An elderly woman is in a serious condition in hospital after falling into the water on the Norfolk Broads.

Police at the scene near Potter Heigham Credit: ITV News Anglia

The woman, who is in her seventies, fell from a hire boat near Heigham Bridge at Potter Heigham yesterday, shortly before 3.30pm.

The police and emergency services were called, and an air ambulance took her to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where she is still being treated.

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