Discover The Brecks, Thetford
, one of the great natural areas of Britain. Explore the distinctive landscape, wildlife and history of the area spanning 370 square miles/1,000 sq km across Norfolk and Suffolk in the heart of the East of England.
The Brecks is one of the great natural areas of Britain and one of the driest parts of the country. It includes the country's largest lowland forest, its only inland sand dunes, heathland, pine forest, farms and wetland. Because the sandy soil made ploughing easy, Breckland was one of the first places in England to be cultivated. The medieval word 'breck' meant a fallow cropped field, and light cultivation remains crucial to many rare farmland species in the area. “Few of the lowland districts of England have more striking individual characteristics than the area known as Breckland.”
W.G. Clarke, 1925Discover Strange and Beautiful Places
Consequently the Brecks is home to many unique or distinctive birds, plants and animals. Catch a glimpse of the Stone Curlew at Weeting Heath or spot roaming deer in the Forest – but there is much more. The area covers only 0.4% of UK's land area but contains 28% of its rare and threatened species. Over 12,500 species have were recorded by the University of East Anglia in 2010.
6 new Heathlands have recently been recreated and restored.Explore The Brecks History and Ancient Landscapes
The Brecks is steeped in human history stretching back to the Stone Age. A Neolithic Flint mine (The Brecks is the flint capital of the UK), Medieval rabbit farming and 19th Century landed Estates are amongst the many clues to human settlement to be found in The Brecks. This is a landscape which remains full of historical and ecological interest.
The effects of the last 'Ice Age’ can be seen nowhere else in Britain and Ireland as extensively as in The Brecks. 12,000 years ago, Ice bubbles created Pingos and perma frost created distinctive patterns and features.
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