Thanks to the varied habitat at Salhouse Broad, we have a wide range of species visit us throughout the year. Woodland and wetland specialists can be seen here, but the most conspicuous are the waterfowl who use both the open water and the beaches.
Dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, alderflies, mayflies, bees, beetles, spiders. The diversity of arthropods (a group which includes spiders, insects, centipedes, millipedes and crustaceans) is truly astounding, and Salhouse Broad is a great place to see many different species. Below is a few examples of some of those easier to spot species.
Thanks to the improving water quality in The Broads, otters and water voles are now not an uncommon sight (with a bit of patience and perseverance). Small mammals like voles and shrews are also here in abundance, but are much more secretive and harder to see. Often the only sign is a rustle in the undergrowth. Bats, on the other hand, can be seen in the warmer months from dusk, flitting above the river and the Broad catching insects.
Plants and fungi
Salhouse Broad has a wide variety of wetland and woodland plants. Because of the unique nature of the Broads, there are species here that are not normally seen elsewhere. As well as fen-specialists, Salhouse Broad also boasts impressive ancient trees, which are framed with bluebells in the Spring.
Salhouse Broad is part of an internationally important wetland, with the status equivalent to a National Park. The Broads has more than 40 lakes linked together by 125 miles of navigable water. It is a truly magical area that is home to many species of rare plants, animals, insects and birds. The area offers a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities, but it is also a very fragile environment and requires careful management.
All of us at Salhouse Broad are passionate about protecting and conserving our surroundings for the future, and take care to minimise our impact on the environment. We are holders of a Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award, and are continually trying to improve this.
As part of our Environmental Commitment we aim to:
Continually improve our environmental performance in all of our activities, products and services
Create a green working environment within our office and work areas
Reduce the environmental impact of Salhouse Broad on the local area
Contribute to the conservation and restoration of habitats and species at Salhouse Broad