04 May 2022
This year we have chosen to support Norfolk’s wildlife, countryside and environment by partnering with Norfolk Wildlife Trust. As participants in the ‘Investors in Wildlife Corporate Membership Scheme’ we, as a business, have pledged to support our local wildlife and are fully committed to the causes of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The Broads are the home and at the heart of our business and without this wonderful natural network of rivers and lakes, we simply would not exist and we feel it is our responsibility to give something back to the place we call home.
James Hogg, Corporate and Membership Development Officer, was kind enough to pay us a visit last month, where he learned more about our business and enjoyed a tour of the Brundall Bay Marina with our Sales Manager Matt Sampson. James presented us with our very own membership certificate to commemorate our donation and officially welcome NYA to the team of businesses that are part of the ‘Investors in Wildlife Corporate Scheme.’
Did you know that NWT is the oldest trust specific to wildlife in the UK? It’s actually about 96 years old! In 1926, 400 acres of marsh was purchased on the North Norfolk Coast and was essentially protected as a bird breeding sanctuary. This then created the foundations of what nature conservation would begin to look like in the years to come, the processes being replicated all over the UK.
Sir David Attenborough, President Emeritus of the Wildlife Trusts, says, ‘Norfolk Wildlife Trust plays a very important part in protecting our natural heritage. I would encourage anyone who cares about wildlife to join.’
Today, they have over 35,500 members, over 100 corporate members who partake in the investors scheme, and eight local members groups. The trust works with local communities to offer conservation advice to both large organisations and individuals while also providing education services for more than 5,000 pupils at schools and universities every single year!
The trust also invests a huge amount of their time for our local children, for example, offering a calendar of family activities throughout the summer months that showcase the beautiful broads and local wildlife hotspots around norfolk. It’s great to encourage kids at an early stage to get out onto the water and into nature. You can see what’s on by following this link:
NWT oversees the protection of 50 nature reserves which have sites including wetland, heathland, woodland and habitats on the coastline. The work they do here preserves our cherished homeland species including some of the broads regular bird visitors, like the marsh harrier and bittern.
At NYA we love to inspire people to enjoy Norfolk from the water. We are really proud to be supporting NWT this year, and are committed to preserving the wildlife and its habitat that makes our business so special. If you are interested in seeing the broads for yourself, we offer luxury private charters, and have a huge selection of yachts for sale. Get the most out of the water this summer and give us a call on 01603 713434.