Hardley drainage mill

The Broads National Park

The Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland

The Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland. Comprising over 60 areas of open water known as The Broads and seven rivers, the Park contains more than 125 miles of navigable waterways. Given equivalent status to National Parks in 1988, The Broads is unique in that it exists to protect the interests of navigation as well as typical National Park purposes relating to wildlife and visitor enjoyment. It is also home to more than a quarter of Britain’s rarest species, including some only found on The Broads- the Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly and Britain’s largest butterfly, the Swallowtail.

Did you know? The Broads is home to a greater variety of rare wildlife than any other National Park in England and Wales.

Designated: 1988

Habitats: Wetland, woodland, waterways

Common wildlife: Adders, birds of prey such as the marsh harrier and the peregrine, sea birds, waterfowl such as redshanks, teal and wigeon

Star spots: Bittern, otters, cuckoos, water voles

Notable towns and cultural sights: Horsey Windpump, St Benet’s Abbey

Notable nature sights: Chalk streams

Popular activities for visitors: Boating, water sports

Highest peak: Strumpshaw Hill at 38 meters above sea level

Annual visitor numbers: 7.45 million

Threats: Habitat degradation, water pollution