Fenland researcher attends Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Awards in Norwich

Posted by lcb14 at Aug 03, 2015 03:25 PM |
Dr Dinah Smith attended an awards ceremony in Norwich on 21st July 2015, when the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Joint Advisory Group (KLJAG) based in King Lynn, accepted their award. Dinah has been a member of the group for several years and has had assistance with her Fenland research from several representatives who attend the meetings including those from the Environment Agency, Natural England, Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, The Wash and North Norfolk Coast European Marine Site and the King's Lynn Conservancy Board, Port and Pilotage Authority.
Fenland researcher attends Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Awards in Norwich

Dr Dinah Smith (far right*) at Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Awards

The group is one of three voluntary groups based in the Wash and North Norfolk Special Area of Conservation European Marine site. The award was for Community Engagement (being instrumental in promoting conservation and driving sustainable management of the Wash). The advisory groups are instrumental to the management of The Wash and North Norfolk Coast, ensuring that all views are heard and discussed with regulators.

On accepting the award, Roger Ward, Chair of the group explained that the King’s Lynn Joint Advisory Group has been involved in various issues over the years including eider ducks, fishing conflicts, development of good practice guidance for the Wash and more recently the offshore windfarm developments.

Dr Dinah Smith on the on the salt marsh by the River Nene
Dinah (centre) with members of the group discussing the saltmarsh plants on the salt marsh by the River Nene with an ecologist. (Photograph courtesy of Roger Ward).
The Wash area is of significant interest to any Fenland research, as it has an intrinsic link with the Fens of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and areas of Norfolk. The East Anglian Fens are flat areas and in places are below sea-level, crossed by three major rivers which may be subjected to tidal surges as was seen in December 2013 at Boston, Lincolnshire, when the town was inundated with several feet of water. Other areas affected within the EMS (European Marine Site) were the Blakeney Freshers, Snettisham and Titchwell RSPB reserves and the coastal seasides of Sheringham, Cromer and Hunstanton.

The King’s Lynn Joint Advisory Group will be attending Heritage Sunday in King’s Lynn on 13th September 2015 where they will be explaining the work they are involved with.

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*Full listing from left to right: Steve Scott, Regional Director Forestry Commission; John Foreman, Richardson’s Boating Holidays, the sponsor of the award presented to the KLJAG. Roger Ward, Chair of the Advisory Group; Janet Blundel, Secretary, KLJAG; Judith Stoutt, Eastern IFCA, one of the relevant authorities connected with the EMS; John Grimwood, KLJAG member; Sharron Bosley, Project Manager EMS; Dinah Smith, KLJAG member.

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