Gaywood Valley

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A landscape of international conservation importance

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

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Gaywood Valley, on the edge of King’s Lynn in Norfolk, is a 4,000-hectare landscape of heathland and mire of international conservation importance.

Much of the chalk stream and the wetlands in the valley bottom have been drained or canalised and there is much sand extraction from the valley sides. These offer great scope for extensive landscape restoration. This project aims to re-create and enhance a diverse range of habitats along the river, floodplain and valley margins.



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What's happening?

This scheme will:

  • Restore natural functioning and enhance water quality of the Gaywood River
  • Restore wetland habitats along length of the floodplain
  • Enhance and expand heathland on valley margins
  • Enhance arable farmland for wildlife and environmental protection
  • Provide new opportunities to enjoy, understand and value the existing and potential wildlife around King’s Lynn
  • Engage with local communities to take action to improve the natural environment

Start date: 2008

Scheme area: 4,000 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Roydon Common and Grimston Warren

This scheme is helping species including...

Natterjack toad, woodlark, nightjar, water vole, bittern and otter


Natural England, local authorities, Internal Drainage Board, Water Management Alliance, local landowners.

To find out more

Email: | Tel: 01603 625540 | Gaywood Valley

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