Trip reports

How Hill Trust, Ludham. 20 June 2018

How Hill Trust, Ludham. 20 June 2018
How Hill trust

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

After the introductions we boarded their boat Swallowtail for a nearly two hour trip along the river Ant and into Barton Broad. The Ant was calm and sheltered but not the broad. Those at the front acted as a shield from the spray kicked up by the wind.

The plan was to moor up in the broad and have coffee and cake but Simon took us into Wood End Staithe, which was sheltered and the refreshments were enjoyed by all.

Returning into the broad, more spray, we turned off the Ant into a secluded part which is a nature reserve. The waterway became very narrow and the boat fenders had to be raised so that we could pass through a swing bridge. This returned us to How Hill where the pleasure Wherry, Hathor was moored. Simon knew the owner so we were treated to a guided tour and told of its history. It was built for the Coleman family in 1906 with wood panelling depicting Egyptian figurers. You have to see these to appreciate the quality of the workmanship.

Our next stop was the secret garden planted by Edward Boardman, the builder of How Hill (but not personally). The area was once rough grazing marsh but now contains many trees and shrubs from around the world. In winter time this garden is used as shelter for a number of bird species.

That concluded a very enjoyable and informative field trip. Afterwards some of us visited Toad Hole cottage, built in Victorian times. No mod cons here.

Sue Bayliss

Species seen:-

stock dove, black headed gull, swift, swan + young, common tern, black cap,
woodpigeon, graylag goose + young, great crested grebe, cuckoo, oystercatcher, cormorant
Norfolk hawker and other dragon flies.