A rare fungus not seen in Norfolk for 200 years has been discovered in Whitlingham Woods.
The Coral tooth fungus, Hericium coralloides, was discovered in Whitlingham Country Park in 2010 - the only other record from Norfolk is one from the early part of the 19th century in West Norfolk.
Record number of fen orchids, Liparis loeselii, have been recorded following Broads National Park fen restoration work in the Ant Valley. This rare plant is only found in the Broads and one other site in the UK.
Counting is currently in progress, but anecdotal evidence points to an abundance of these orchids where previously none was found.
After 15 years of work to transform part of the Broads, in 2010 the Broads National Park and its partners won a prestigious national environment award.
The Trinity Broads, near Great Yarmouth, won an award in the natural environment category at the Waterways Renaissance Awards 2010.
The Broads National Park Authority, Essex and Suffolk Water, Natural England and the Environment Agency have been in partnership since 1995 to improve water quality and people’s enjoyment of the area by activities including mud-pumping, scrub removal and managing non-native species such as mink.
The majority of the Trinity Broads area, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and provides drinking water for Great Yarmouth, now has:
An innovative technique was used at Ormesby Broad to encourage water fleas to thrive and clear the water of algae, encouraging aquatic plants to grow and a diverse range of fish to develop. The resulting clear water has now permeated to the other broads in the group.
Formerly varieties were limited to roach and bream but now anglers report catching: