Wild About Hethersett
When it comes to nature,
Hethersett has plenty to shout about.
Now a new book “Wild About
Hethersett” has published findings of a year long biodiversity survey in the
Throughout 2011. local
residents were encouraged to jot down sightings of birds, animals, insects,
plants and a details of a host of other nature related subjects. Numerous
people entered into the spirit by taking photographs, writing poetry and
keeping nature diaries.
Now the findings have been
brought together in what is described as “An Almanac of Biodiversity.”
The publication has been part
funded by a legacy from leading environmentalist, former chairman of the
Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and chair of Hethersett Parish
Council George Beckwith who died a couple of years ago.
“We wanted to produce
something that would be a lasting project in George’s memory, something
slightly different and something he would have appreciated with his love of
nature, the environment and poetry,” said leading HEAT member Dr Anne
Edwards who has been instrumental in designing and putting the publication
“We wanted Wild About
Hethersett to look like a scrapbook and not be too formal. So we used a
variety of typefaces and designs. The response we got from local people was
excellent. I know at first a few people wondered how we were going to fill a
book but people really entered into the spirit of the project with their
observations and willingness to share their experiences,” Dr Edwards said.
“It is vital that we
continue to fight to save the local environment. We don’t want people to
look back in 30 years’ time and remark that they used to have birds and
animals in the village,” Dr Edwards added.
“The survey encouraged
residents to go out and observe things that they might otherwise have
missed and this was a vital part of what we were trying to achieve,” said
environmentalist Colin Ward.
The result is a 72 page
glossy and highly colourful publication that moves through the year with text,
photographs, weather information and even some historical data from the past
55 years. It concludes with an original poem entitled “Naturally” which
was written by George Beckford in 2004.
“Wild About Hethersett”
is a limited edition publication of 200 with well over half being sold at a
launch morning at Hethersett Methodist Church. Copies are available at £4
each from Dr Edwards on 01603 812309 or via e-mail at
The publication looks like being a sell-out, but its legacy will live on through a regular column in the quarterly Norfolk Wildlife Trust magazine for South Norfolk “Swift” where further observations from Hethersett will be featured on a regular basis.