The geodiversity of the Brecks is easily overlooked. The area has subtle contours, its slow rivers occupy shallow valleys, its rocks and soils are variations of chalk and sand. Attention is often diverted away from the wide array of geological features by the extraordinary wildlife and cultural history of the area. Underpinning the character of any landscape though is it’s distinctive but usually poorly understood Earth heritage. The guardians of this heritage and their advisors are the people whose daily business shapes the Brecks landscape.
This project enabled 22 Brecks based land managers and their advisors to read and understand the basic elements of geodiversity on their land, and in doing so enable them to value and appropriately conserve such features. This was achieved through a day school consisting of a morning suite of presentations from land management professionals and geologists, followed by a visit to three sites across the Brecks to see examples of land management which benefits the geodiversity.
The event was delivered on the 19th October 2015 with speakers from Norfolk Farm and Wildlife Advisory Group, Natural England and an archaeological specialist. It was originally intended that there would be a discussion forum following the presentations but due to things running over, discussions were held on the coach and throughout the field visits, allowing everyone to contribute in a more informal setting.. The feedback was very positive from all those who attended with everyone saying that they had learned new things that they didn’t know before and that they feel in a better position to manage their land in a more responsible way as a direct result of the event.