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The Norfolk Broads

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The Norfolk Broads Introduction In this piece of coursework I will be looking at the Norfolk Broads. I will write about where they are, what they are, how they were traditionally used, tourism, and wildlife. I will also be writing a letter to the Norfolk Broads authorities acting as an owner of a boat company asking permission for a licence to put 10 boats on the Broads. And I will also be writing against the proposal for the boats as the leader of the local environmental group. And the last piece of the coursework I will be writing a conclusion whether I think Bill Moredosh should or should not get his licence for the 10 boats on the Broads. I will be summing up the arguments for and against the licence. In this piece of work I will include pictures and maps of the Norfolk Broads, and graphs. What is so special about the Broads area? The region popularly known as the Norfolk Broads, or Broadland, is a landscape of slow-moving rivers, fens, marshes and waterlogged woodland located to the east of Norwich. It takes its name from some 50 shallow lakes, the great majority of which were hand dug in mediaeval times as a source of peat for fuel. There are some 190 kilometres (120 miles) of lock-free waterways in the region, and it is not therefore surprising that it forms one of Britain's most important centres for waterborne holidaymaking and recreation. Broadland also contains a wealth of bird, insect and plant life, and is therefore highly valued by conservationists. This hypothesis from coursework.info Originally proposed as a National Park in 1947, the region was eventually afforded comparable status in 1988, following the passing of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads Act. The Broads Authority which was set up under this legislation acts as the planning authority for the circa 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) ...read more.


Heron The Heron is called a "Harnser" in Norfolk. These large grey birds can be seen throughout Broadland, and exist by fishing. Like fishermen they need to stand by the waters edge or wade in the shallows. They need a solid platform adjacent to the waters edges so many of the heronries are near to Breydon Water. One heronry is near to Ranworth on the Bure Marshes. Up to 100 pairs of Heron's nest in Broadland each year, and by summer the young are flying to marshland dykes to feed. The heron has special powder puffs, which are used to rid their feathers of fish slime. Great Crested Grebe Great crested grebes are mainly summer visitors to the Broads, the majority spending the winter around the coast or on some of the larger reservoirs. They are extremely attractive birds, the head bearing a black double turfted crest while around the neck is a chestnut frill, darkly tipped. As with coots, they are active divers, taking more animal material such as fish. In May and June the adults are often seen on the water, carrying their striped young on their backs. Cormorants These large black birds will eat a stone of fish each day. They are usually estuary birds and can be seen in quite large numbers on Breydon water, sitting on posts, with their wings outspread, drying them, as their feathers are not very waterproof. They fly low, close to the water, with necks outstretched, unlike Herons which fly with their necks tucked in. Threatened Wildlife. The unusual wild flowers find it difficult to compare against the hardly grasses on the 'improved' grazing marshes. On the ploughed marshes wildlife has even less chance. In fact it's actively discouraged from the crops by the use of weed-killers and pesticides. Theres little here for the traditional, grazing marsh birds to eat, and no space to nest and run about in. ...read more.


It damages the banks, which the sides' fall into the river making the water become mucky. The animals are already struggling to due to eutrophication that is due to agriculture (the science or occupation of cultivating land and rearing crops and livestock) Mr Moredosh's application for the 10 boats to put onto the Norfolk Broads I think is a very bad idea. If he goes get the licence and does well he could be applying next year to put more boats on the Broads. Which will definitely cause more problems for the Broads ecosystem. Effects from the boats already cause pollution from fuel fumes, noise, creates wash (erodes the banks), destroys habitats, metal moorings to be put in place which makes the scenery look unattractive and creates litter. I would like to know if you do accept Mr Moredosh's proposal how are you going to restrict the speed restrictions on the boats and keep them out of restricted areas? If the tourists go into the restricted areas that are allocated for wildlife not for the tourists. If they do not know how to approach animals like birds, and scare them off. If the birds have just laid eggs and the tourists scare them off they may never return as they can be to scared to return and the young birds or other animals may die without food as they cannot fend for themselves when they have just hatched. More Litter will be a problem if you accept this application because more people equal more rubbish. Where will the tourists put the rubbish? If they just put it anywhere it could cause pollution. If the rubbish is put in the river the pollution could kill the fish, and keep it polluted so reproduction cannot happen. I do hope you think about this application very seriously as it could affect the whole environment and scenery if you do accept. Best Regards Teresa Green ...read more.

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