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Aerial view of Horsey Mere

Horsey Mere can be found on the eastern edge of the Norfolk Broads.

Covering an area of nearly 2000 acres, the landscape includes sand dunes along the coastal edge through maritime fen, grazing marsh and arable farmland, travelling along to the open water of the mere itself and its surrounding reedbeds.

Horsey has both national and international significance.
The land is resident to many species of over-wintering birds as well as a small colony of natterjack toads.

Dragonflies and butterflies, such as the swallowtail.l can be seen at the right times of the year.

Horsey Mere is the only Norfolk broad to be called a mere. This is because it is the only one to be surrounded by a high level bank. The name is derived from the old Dutch word, mere, meaning an artificial lake.

A prominent feature of the mere is the Horsey Windpump. Pumps were constructed at appropriate places on the surrounding wall, along with a series of drainage ditches leading to them, to drain the land around.

As a result the land levels dropped, so today the mere is on a higher level than its surroundings. This pumping process is essential in maintaining the water level in the mere and providing drainage to the surrounding farmland.

 

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