This colour image depicts an aerial view of the Norfolk Broads shot from a drone during the summer of 2021. The Norfolk Broads is a National Trust Park located in Wroxham, England, in the United Kingdom.
The Norfolk Broads are artificial and are the largest protected man-made wetland in Great Britain; it covers fens, marshes and woodlands, making them a vital area for nature. It is looked after by the Broads Authority to balance conservation with tourism and protects navigation interests.
The Norfolk Broads is home to some of Great Britain’s rarest wildlife. There is a staggering collection of rare wildlife in the Broads National Park. Despite comprising only 0.1% of the UK, the park area boasts more than a quarter of its rarest wildlife. A subspecies of Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio machaon brittanicus, can’t be found anywhere else in the world!
The Broads are also home to numerous nationally scarce species, such as Norfolk hawker dragonflies, bitterns, cranes and black longhorn beetles.
The River Wensum flows right through the city of Norwich, ending at peaceful Whitlingham on the outskirts of Norwich, where it merges with the River Yare. This means that parts of Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature, fall within the boundaries of the Broads National Park, ensuring that the diversity of the Broads can genuinely be enjoyed from rural idle to the historic city.
The Broads National Park’s navigable waterways might span 200 km, but they are located in the driest region of the UK, East Anglia. The region receives around 400mm less rainfall than the UK average.
Widely regarded as one of Britain’s most influential historical figures, Lord Nelson was born in East Anglia at Burnham Thorpe in North Norfolk. The naval hero, who was equally a skilled sailor and respected leader, is believed by some to have first learned to sail right here in the Broads.
Many people do not know there are over 50 broads in the National Park, ranging from small pools to vast expanses of water. Of the 63 broads, only 13 are fully navigable, with five being either partially or navigable for part of the year. The largest broads are Hickling Broad, Barton Broad and Oulton Broad.
Image size: 2870×2137
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Location: Wroxham, Norfolk Broads
Year took: 2020
Copyright owner: J. J. Williamson