Marsh Study

We cross the river Ant by boat and explore the private marshes of How Hill including birdwatching from a hide overlooking Reedham Water. As we stomp across the marsh and navigate the excitingly boggy bits we consider the conservation of this fragile habitat and its wildlife. We think about the history of Broadland, and the marsh crops of the past. Children get to go inside Turf Fen Mill and examine the giant rusty cogs and shafts from the old drainage mechanism. This can provide an introduction to a discussion about wind power and renewable energy sources.

A visit to Toad Hole Cottage museum, the Victorian Marshman’s home, is a good complementary activity to the Marsh Study.