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Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Norfolk Coast AONB is one of 46 AONBs across England. The charity aims to value and secure the natural beauty of the environment within its area of responsibility, ensuring that activities undertaken in the AONB have a positive impact.

It’s three objectives are to promote and enhance the natural beauty, including the physical, natural, cultural and built environment in and around the AONB; to promote education and appreciation in relation to the conservation and enhancement of the AONB; and to work with partners to positively impact the AONB.

The Norfolk Coast AONB includes the silt expanses of the Wash, the north-facing coastal marsh and dunes of the Heritage Coast and the high boulder clay cliffs east of Weybourne. The coast is backed by gently rolling chalkland and glacial moraine including the distinctive 90-m high Cromer Ridge.

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) was formed in 1889 by Emily Williamson. It’s initial aim was to prevent the use of feathers from birds such as egrets, grebes and birds of paradise to be used in the fashion industry. The Society gathered momentum, widened its aspirations and was given a royal charter in 1904. Today it has a membership of well over a million and manages more than 200 nature reserves across the UK.

Using science and evidence, the RSPB has always centred its work on a thorough understanding of the natural world. The organisation identifies important problems, using science and natural science to discover their possible causes. They then work with partner organisations to find solutions and test them to measure success.

In recent years the RSPB has launched the Big Garden Birdwatch, which has over one million people taking part eery year in a huge display of citizen science. To find out more about the work of the RSPB, click the button

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Norfolk Wildlife Trust

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) is one of 46 wildlife trusts covering the United Kingdom. NWT was founded in 1926, making it the first Wildlife Trust in the country. It manages more than 50 nature reserves and other protected sites, as well as giving conservation advice to individuals and organisations.

The NWT reserves include twenty-six Sites of Special Scientific Interests (SSSI), nine national nature reserves, twelve Nature Conservation Review sites, sixteen Special Areas of Conservation, twelve Special Protection Areas, eleven Ramsar sites, two local nature reserves, four Geological Conservation Review sites and five which are in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Norfolk Rivers Trust

Norfolk Rivers Trust (NRT) is an independent charity seeking to develop practical, cost-effective and long-term solutions to restore, protect and enhance water environments in Norfolk for people and wildlife.

The NRT has a team of ecologists and advisors who take a river catchment-based approach and work across Norfolk, plus the Cam and Ely Ouse catchment area. NRT works with a wide range of organisations including farmers, land owners and government bodies.

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Natural England

Natural England is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Natural England is responsible for ensuring that Englan’s natural environment, including land, flora and fauna, freshwater, marine environments, geology and soil are protected and improved.

At the same time, Natural England also has a responsibility to ensure that people enjoy and understand the natural environment.

Among its responsibilities, Natural England defines ancient woodlands, awards grants such as the Countryside Stewardship scheme and Environmental Stewardship, designates Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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Norfolk Coast Partnership

The role of the Norfolk Coast Partnership is to manage the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on behalf of the four local authorities who share responsibility for it: Norfolk County Council, North Norfolk District Council, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

The work of the Partnership balances the statutory duty of conserving and enhancing natural beauty with non-statutory requirements to meet the AONB’s social and economic needs. This means that protecting the landscape relies on a principle of sensitive management rather than on the attempt to preserve the area entirely unchanged.

The Norfolk Coast Partnership brings together representatives from a broad range of partner organisations and interest groups with a stake in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This includes: community representatives, tourist organisations, environment and conservation groups, cultural organisations and land managers.

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Norfolk Ornithological Association

The Norfolk Ornithological Association (NOA) owns a number of nature reserves in Norfolk. This ornithological society, founded in 1970, has its headquarters at the Holme Bird Observatory near Holme-next-the-Sea, which adjoins the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Holme Dunes reserve.

The Holme reserve has a range of different habitats and a number of nationally scarce plants. There is also a regular moth trapping programme. The observatory is in the North Norfolk Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest, an area additionally protected through Natura 2000, Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar listings, and part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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National Trust

The National Trust is a charity and membership organisation for heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – Scotland has a separate National Trust for Scotland.

The National Trust was founded in 1895 to promote the preservation of buildings of historic interest and/or beauty.

The organisation, which gained statutory powers in 1907, owns almost 250,000 hectares (620,000 acres; 2,500 km2; 970 sq mi) of land and 780 miles of coast. Its properties include more than 500 historic houses, castles, archaeological and industrial monuments, gardens, parks and nature reserves.

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