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THE JOURNAL OF BRECKLAND STUDIES: Volume Two

The second volume of the JBS is now available! It contains articles on a range of Brecks-related subjects, from bats and grasshoppers to shepherd huts and country estate forestry, and is on sale for £9.99. All proceeds will be used to fund future volumes. Publication was made possible thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership, the Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, The Scarfe Charitable Trust and Oxford Archaeology East. Click here for more information.

Breaking New Ground - HLF Landscape Partnership                   Heritage Lottery Funded

A classic Brecks pine row, near Ickburgh ©J ParryThe Breckland Society was set up in 2003 to encourage interest and research into the natural, built and social heritage of the East Anglian Brecks. We are a membership organisation working to help protect the area and offering a range of activities to those who wish to see its special qualities preserved and enhanced.

The Brecks cover over 370 square miles of inland Norfolk and Suffolk.

This is a unique part of Britain, traditionally characterised by huge tracts of open heathland. The word ‘breck’ was used to describe temporary fields, which were ‘broken’ from the heath and allowed to revert once the soil was exhausted. Historically this was an open, steppe-like landscape populated by sheep and rabbits, but in more recent times large scale forestry and intensive agriculture have changed the face of Breckland.

Many of the traditional human occupations, such as flint-knapping and warrening, have all but disappeared and the area’s very particular atmosphere risks being changed forever in the face of increasing developmental pressures.