Wetland Discovery Area is open!

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27 Jul 2018

 

 

We opened the doors to a new area of our reserve last week. 

Pensthorpe Natural Park owners Bill and Deb Jordan, with head gardener Jonathan Pearce in the new Wetland Discovery Area that opened to the public today. Photo : Steve Adams

 

Our Wetland Disocvery Area is already proving to be a hit with our visitors as it boasts one of the largest pond dipping areas in Norfolk which encourages families to get hands on with the wetland habitats plus our famous flamingos are back on shown in a brand new enclosure. 

Our staff have truly worked through all weathers to get this new area up and running with floods, snow, drought and a heatwave! 

Marking out the pond dipping area

Planting trees in the new Wetland Discovery Area

 

We hope the new £70,000 educational area will demonstrate the different wetland habitats around the world such as lakes, rivers and garden ponds, and has been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Wetlands occur on every continent of the world, except Antarctica. Many of these wetland areas are home to species which both permanently live there or travel to take advantage of their food supplies. Unfortunately, in the last 100 years about half of the world’s wetlands have vanished yet they are still hugely valuable for wildlife. Whether for water provision, hunting territory, breeding sites or plant growth, wetlands are vitally important.

Beginning to lay the decking on the new pond dipping area

Landscaping the new pond

 

This new area will link you through to our recently opened Wetland Hide and new area of woodland, so you can fully immerse yourself in the wetland habitat and enjoy even more of Pensthorpe this summer! 

Pensthorpe Natural Park owners Bill and Deb Jordan in the new Wetland Discovery Area that opened to the public today. Photo : Steve Adams