Conference 2013 Fieldtrips


The Dedham Vale, Norfolk Coast, Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Partnerships and the Broads Authority have organised a day which will give delegates an opportunity to see a wide range of initiatives and projects.

It is hoped that the field trips will provoke a lively debate and an exchange of views. These views will then be summarised and a resulting paper will be included with post-conference papers, which will be uploaded to this website.

Field Trip 1: Constable’s Catchment

Protected Landscape: Dedham Vale AONB
Leader: Katherine Potts, Dedham Vale AONB Manager
Description: This trip will give the opportunity to see the iconic lowland landscape and sites that Constable captured and look at projects led by the Dedham Vale AONB Partnership in this small and very pressured area.
Themes to be discussed:
  • Cultural Heritage: see the iconic sights of Constable paintings, and how cultural heritage is such a key part of Dedham Vale AONB.
  • Sustainable tourism/partnership working: hear about our work with partners in this honeypot area, including water based recreation/transport.
  • Water management for wildlife: the management of water levels for birdlife and SSSI maintenance.
  • Water quality and agriculture: what water companies and Catchment Sensitive Farming officers are doing to improve the water quality in this catchment, and for drinking water in the area.
  • WFD working: partnership working with EA to improve the WFD status of the catchment.
Further details:
Katherine.Potts@suffolk.gov.uk Tel: 01473 264263

Field Trip 2: On the River Stour Field trip list

Protected Landscape: Dedham Vale AONB
Leader: Simon Amstutz, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Manager (formerly Dedham Vale AONB Manager)
Description: Travelling by restored barge and canoe on the River Stour, this trip will be an exciting river-based day looking at aspects of recreation and elements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley.
Themes to be discussed:
  • Water based recreation: how a local charity uses the Stour navigation to encourage visitors to the area and the opportunities and difficulties the charity has running a visitor facility.
  • Agricultural water usage: a local farming perspective. How local farmers work in a low rainfall area to meet their needs and that of biodiversity and landscape conservation.
  • EA staff on the WFD: the challenges faced by the EA to meet the obligations under the WFD; the current situation and what is being done.
Further details:
Simon.Amstutz@suffolk.gov.uk Tel: 01473 264263

Field Trip 3: Between Land and Sea Field trip list

Protected Landscapes: Norfolk Coast AONB and The Broads
Leader: Tim Venes, Norfolk Coast AONB Manager
Description: This trip will give the opportunity to explore marine and freshwater issues in a unique situation where the eastern outlier of the AONB and The Broads overlap.
Themes to be discussed:
  • Cultural Heritage: National Trust’s Horsey Wind Pump, water-related historic assets management.
  • Sustainable tourism/recreation: beach and dune impact and mitigation.
  • Water management for wildlife and people: Broads and dune slacks, with input from The Broads Authority, the National Trust and Natural England.
  • Water quality: work with the Environment Agency.
  • Marine Environment: work with the MMO, marine plans and management, influence on coastal Protected Landscapes, marine–related wildlife, beach nesting/feeding birds.
  • Coastal flooding, erosion, realignment: work with the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority, dune and wetland habitats and their management; coastal change management.
Further details:
tim.venes@norfolk.gov.uk Tel: 01328 850530

Field Trip 4: From Source to Sea Field trip list

Protected Landscape: Norfolk Coast AONB
Leader: Estelle Hook, Norfolk Coast Policy and Partnership Officer
Description: This trip will give the opportunity to visit sites and explore different perspectives along the length of the River Glaven chalk stream, from close to its source to its estuary. During the day we will consider, amongst other things, restoration projects, water in historic landscapes and managing coastal change in a nature reserve.
Themes to be discussed:
  • Catchment restoration.Water Framework Directive (WFD) objectives: work with the Environment Agency looking at river habitats and species conservation and enhancement.
  • Water quality and agriculture: work with Norfolk Rivers Trust, NFU, CLA and Natural England looking at water quality and siltation/diffuse pollution.
  • Historic landscapes: work with individual landowners and Norfolk Rivers Trust and the role of water in historic landscapes.
  • Water and wetland habitats management and enhancement: work with Norfolk Wildlife Trust on wetlands habitats transition in coastal marshes reserve.
Further details:
estelle.hook@norfolk.gov.uk Tel: 01328 850530

Field Trip 5: A slice of history: Aldeburgh and Orford Ness Field trip list

Protected Landscape: Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
Leader: Bill Jenman, Touching the Tide Project Manager, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Partnership
Description: This trip will focus on two of the AONB Partnership’s externally funded projects, the new EU BALANCE project with tourism-related activity and an HLF-funded Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) with the National Trust.
Themes to be discussed:
  • Sustainable Tourism and Recreation: working with business and EU partners on sustainable tourism initiatives, including the BALANCE Project.
  • Sustainable Tourism and Recreation: managing visitor impact and addressing conflicts with nature conservation. Looking at erosion of vegetated shingle, disturbance of birds and how the AONB Partnership can help.
  • Working with the Community: building successful partnerships for HLF funding including Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Partnership’s ‘Touching the Tide’ project, a community led LPS focused on coastal heritage and coastal change.
Further details:
Bill.Jenman@suffolk.gov.uk Tel: 01394 384948

Field Trip 6: Beauty and the Beast Field trip list

Protected Landscape: Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
Leader: Trazar Astley-Reid, Suffolk Estuaries Officer, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Partnership
Description: This trip will focus on an iconic part of the Suffolk coast, examining coastal planning issues, exploring the seashore ecology, and participating in one of the most successful Beachwatch beach litter collection programmes in the UK.
Themes to be discussed:
  • Coastal Processes: the challenges of working with shingle sea defences on a dynamic coast.
  • Development: Sizewell Amenity and Accessibility  Fund.
  • Coastal erosion: looking at risk to coastal properties and owners’ reactions.
  • Volunteering: discussion about the AONB Partnership’s Coast and Estuary Wardens and volunteer work parties.
  • Biodiversity: wetland and wildlife near the coast.
Further details:
Trazar.Astley-Reid@suffolk.gov.uk Tel: 01394 384948

Field Trip 7: Canoes on the Waveney Field trip list

Protected Landscape: The Broads
Leader: Colin Hart and Jonathan Cook, Broads Rangers
Description: This trip will give the opportunity to canoe along the River Waveney, considering access, conservation and landscape along a rural river.
Themes to be discussed:
  • Sustainable resource use: managing a river for multiple needs/outcomes.
  • Sustainable Tourism and Recreation: how to develop canoeing for visitors/tourism development.
  • Water Framework Directive: how to involve people in making environmental improvements.
  • Flood Management: living with a regular threat.
Further details:
Simon.Hooton@broads-authority.gov.uk Tel: 01603 756025

Field Trip 8: The Yare by boat and boot Field trip list

Protected Landscape: The Broads
Leader: Simon Hooton, Head of Strategy & Projects, and Yare Valley Ranger, The Broads Authority
Description: This trip will give take us along the Yare Valley looking at the river and the riverside habitats. After a boat trip along the river and through a broad, we will walk to Wheatfen Broad, the reserve created by Broads’ legend Ted Ellis.
Themes to be discussed:
  • Sustainable resource use: managing a river for multiple needs/outcome.
  • Managing wetlands for biodiversity.
  • Water Framework Directive: improving water quality.
  • Flood Management.
Further details:
Simon.Hooton@broads-authority.gov.uk Tel: 01603 756025