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Archived news from 2013

2013 site works

This year we will be completing major improvement works along Langley Dyke (Compartment 20) and starting new schemes between Langley Dyke and Carleton Beck (Compartment 19); works along the north bank of Breydon Water (Compartment 11) and works along the south bank of the River Chet (Compartment 22).

Crest raising will be undertaken at Herringfleet (Compartment 32), Reedham and Limpenhoe (Compartment 12) and Rockland (Compartment 18).

Historic boat find on the River Chet

Compartment 22 on the River Chet has been the setting of the latest archaeological find by the BFAP team.  One of our excavator drivers noticed some timber remains in the ground during the excavation of a new soke dyke.   The Project archaeologist was brought in to investigate and confirmed it was a boat of some antiquity so an archaeological excavation was undertaken.

The oak plank boat is thought to date from the late medieval period (1400 to 1600).  Examination of the soil around the boat indicates that it was laying in an old river channel, probably an old course of the River Chet or one of its earlier tributaries.  This is an extremely rare and important discovery as no boats of this date have previously been found in Norfolk.

Paul Mitchelmore, the Environment Agency’s Project Manager noted that ’this is the latest of several interesting archaeological finds encountered during the Broadland Flood Alleviation Project. We are very pleased to be helping to provide an insight into life of the past in the Broads at the same time as working for the future of the area through our flood defence works.’

For more information about this find click here to read the supporting article by Project archaeologist Heather Wallis.

Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership’s Community Award 2013

In July representatives from the Broadland Flood Alleviation Project were rewarded for their efforts in helping protect the biological diversity of the Norfolk Broads by winning the Business Award at the annual Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership’s Community Awards. The award recognises the considerable efforts that the Project has taken to control the spread of invasive species in this internationally important wetland area. 

The members of the BFAP team, with support from Will Burchnall at the Broads Authority, developed and implemented a biosecurity procedure to minimize the risk of spreading ‘killer shrimp’, zebra mussel and other non-native species whilst undertaking piling removal on the River Ant.


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