Norfolk Walks – Storm clouds over the River Yare on the Wherryman’s Way footpath. Being out in the fresh air during the lockdowns, either cycling, jogging or walking, has been beneficial to people’s physical and mental health. I took full advantage of the right to go outside to exercise, and I am sure that taking walks helped me cope with the solitary existence we all had to endure. Walking for pleasure is something I enjoy more in later life, with…
Doubts are arising that damage to some of North Norfolk’s sea defences caused by the tidal surge in December will be repaired. The Environment Agency are seriously considering allowing the sea back in to reclaim land at Cley and Salthouse. If that does prove to be the case the economic impact on the area could be considerable. Thousands of birdwatchers travel to the reserves at Cley and Blakeney Point every year injecting a great deal of money into the local economy. If the nature of the reserves is changed by allowing the sea back in the variety of bird life will also change and the attraction of this unique part of Norfolk for keen ‘birders’ could wane.
A very evocative video illustrating the wildlife that can be found along the North Norfolk Coast during the winter months. Directed and produced by Peter Naylor with a commentary written and read by Martin Wase and music by Kye Rodriguez & Peter Fellows. This is a Fall Time Production & Kestrel Films Short.
The UK government’s Energy Bill is coming back to Parliament this autumn in its draft form. When it is eventually passed into law it will set the country’s energy policy for the foreseeable future. The government is pressing ahead with its policy of moving to renewable energy sources but this is looking increasingly as though it will be just a supplement to nuclear energy. The North Sea’s natural gas supplies are steadily depleting and a complete reliance on supplies from further afield in a world of political and economic uncertainty, is really unthinkable. A way in which to burn coal to generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way has as yet proved impossible to find. These factors combined indicate that building new nuclear power stations is the only option available to us if the UKs increasing energy requirements are to be met. Plans are already in the pipeline for a Sizewell C and another new station at Hinkley Point. Although some countries are at present turning away from nuclear power it is extremely likely that the increasing demand for electricity in the years ahead will force a renaissance in nuclear power generation? Is there a possibility that at some time in the future a nuclear power station will be built on the North Norfolk coast, a location that in the past was deemed suitable?
Scolt Head Island is a National Nature Reserve forming a part of the North Norfolk Heritage Coast.