Although most NNRs are managed by Natural England, 88 are wholly or partly managed by other bodies approved by Council, under Section 35 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Main habitats: Peatland
Area: 779 ha
Site map: Nature on the Map.
Mid-Yare NNR is part owned/leased and managed by the RSPB.
The site comprises strips of floodplain along the River Yare. It shows the full range of Broadland habitats, including broads, dykes, tall fen, fen-meadows and alder-willow woodland.
The fen areas support a range of invertebrates, including the swallowtail butterfly and Norfolk hawker dragonfly.
Many of the UK's Cetti's warblers live in the NNR which is also a breeding site for marsh harriers and bearded tits. During the winter the lowland wet grasslands are host to wigeon, white-fronted geese and bean geese. In the spring and summer the fen-meadows and wet grasslands are breeding grounds for lapwing, redshank and snipe.
Mid-Yare is situated six miles (10 km) kilometres east of Norwich, and 0.3 miles (0.5 km) south of Brundall.
Strumpshaw Fen and Buckenham Marshes are adjacent reserves near the town of Buckenham. Cantley Marsh is three km further to the south east, close to the town of Cantley.
By car, access is via minor roads from the A47 and A146.
Local bus services are provided by First Group.
Surlingham is on Route 1 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.
Strumpshaw Fen has a visitor centre with adjacent parking and toilet facilities. There are three nature trails and hides. Facilities for the disabled include toilets and a viewing platform.
Surlingham Church Marsh has hides and a nature trail.
The best times to visit the reserve are between April and June, for birds and butterflies, and November and March, for wintering birds.
The invasive non-native shrimp (Dikerogrammerus villosus) has been found in the Broads.
This shrimp has become widespread in Europe and threatens our native species. There is no risk to public health or pets.
We are asking water users to be vigilant and Check, Clean and Dry equipment and clothing to help stop the spread of all invasive aquatic species.
Invasive aquatic species
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