Broads are a man-made wonder that look natural - in fact people had no idea that
they were made by man until 50 years ago.
In 1952 Dr Lambert discovered
that these wetlands were created by peat digging in the Middle Ages.
was dug as a source of fuel on a large scale but the pits eventually began to
fill with water.
This made it more difficult to extract the turves of peat
with the result that the peat diggings were abandoned.
flooded, creating the man-made landscape that we know today.
landscape is characterised by fens, marshes, shallow lakes, rivers and waterlogged
The Broads vary in size from small pools to large expanses of
water such as Hickling Broad.
This huge wetland boasts a diversity of
wildlife including some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK.
are an important part of life on the Broads with 125 miles of boating on lock-free
The Broads is also renowned for its numerous restored windmills,
symbols of an earlier agricultural age when they were used for drainage.