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Move to secure improvements on Welney Wash Road

People living in a West Norfolk village are edging closer to having year round access to a road that is often shut due to flooding.

Every year the A1101 Wash Road in the east of Welney is left to flood so that local homes can be protected. However it means the village is effectively split in two with residents facing a 28-mile detour.

The County Council is now looking for more than a million pounds to change all that by raising the height of the road.

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Rare breed of bat discovered

Rare breed of bat has been found in Norfolk. Credit: British Trust for Ornithology

A rare breed of bat has been discovered in Norfolk thanks to a unique project.

The Norfolk bat survey involves hundreds of people recording the mammal's nocturnal calls in urban and rural areas.

The Barbestelle was detected near Welney in West Norfolk.

There are at least 17 species of bats in the UK - including the Barbestrelle and Pipistrelle.

The survey finishes at the end of September then it is hoped funding will be provided for future research to ensure the survival of the species.

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Duck numbers soar

A Tufted Duck Credit: David Howarth WWT

The number of tufted ducks at the Wildlife and Wetland Trust reserve at Welney in Cambridgeshire has reached an all time high.

Staff have counted 3,477 of the ducks on the Ouse Washes.

Flood defences to be built in Welney

A temporary flood defence is to be built today across the Welney Road (A1101) at the Old Bedford Bridge close to the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire border.

The Welney Road was last sand bagged in 2007 and is a planned response to water levels reaching a specific level on the Ouse Washes.

Flood water is currently over 3 meters above sea level – with 1.44 meters (4.7 ft) of water standing on the Causeway road.

“We will put approximately 30 one-ton sandbags across the road to build a temporary continuous defence along the barrier bank. This is a planned activity which is triggered by water levels hitting a specific point. We haven’t needed to do this for some time.”

– Alan Daniels, Environment Agency

The Welney Causeway was closed by Norfolk County Council Highways department on Friday 23 November and will remain closed until flood waters have receded.

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