Breckland Society News

15th November 2020
Norfolk Wildlife Trust launches appeal in the Brecks


The Norfolk Wildlife Trust has launched an appeal to expand its flagship reserve of Thompson Common, famous for its 400 pingos and home to many rare and specialist Breckland species including the reintroduced Pool Frog. The reserve is currently marooned in a sea of arable land, disconnected from the wider Brecks landscape, but the opportunity has arisen for the Trust to purchase over 50 hectares of adjoining farmland and semi-natural woodland which, if acquired, can be managed to improve biodiversity and help connect otherwise fragmented habitats.

The Trust needs to raise £625,625 by next May

For more information and to support the appeal, see

24th October 2020
Second River Raiders Video Now Available

The video of Richard Hoggett’s second online Zoom seminar, “Reading the Anglo-Saxon and Viking Landscape” is now also available on YouTube.

15th October
First River Raiders seminar video now available

For those of you who missed it (and those who just want to see it all over again!) we’re pleased to say that the video of Richard Hoggett’s Zoom seminar on “Anglo-Saxon & Viking East Anglia is now available on YouTube

We hope to be able to make the HD (high definition) version available shortly, possibly with subtitles!

5th October 2020
Wretham Hall 1910 Sale Catalogue Digitised
New Articles On Breckland Rivers

A copy of the 1910 catalogue for the sale of the 6,600 acre Wretham estate was donated to the society back in 2011. We have finally got round to digitising it and you can download it here. It paints a fascinating picture of a large Breckland shooting estate over 100 years ago.

During lockdown and subsequently, as a prelude to the River Raiders project, some of our members have written articles on the following Breckland rivers:

If you want to get out and about, and beat pandemic boredom, you may find them useful!

30th September 2020
Excellent “River Raiders” Seminar today

We had about seventy(!) attendees for Dr Richard Hoggett’s excellent Zoom seminar on “Anglo-Saxon and Viking East Anglia” earlier today. That’s a pretty remarkable total for 10.30 on a Wednesday morning, and a lot more than we’ve ever had at a physical BrecSoc meeting. Pretty well everyone stayed for the full two hours, and there were lots of very complimentary comments as people signed off.

For those of you unable to see Richard’s talk live, we hope to post a video of it online fairly soon. You can also download a copy of Richard’s post-seminar notes, with links to more online and offline reading, by clicking here.

There are already 70+ signed up for the next seminar in 3 weeks time, so if you want to be sure of a place, please look on our events page; total tickets are limited to 100, the maximum our Zoom licence allows – so book soon.

12th September 2020
First “River Raiders” Events announced

After delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 5-year Lottery-funded Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers (BFER) project is now ramping up.

BrecSoc is leading on two projects related to the Viking history and heritage of Breckland – ‘River Raiders’ and ‘Industrious Rivers’. Details of the first two River Raiders events, both Zoom talks by Dr Richard Hoggett can be found on our events page, and booking is now open.

30th August 2020
Brandon Station saved!

After some inspired local campaigning, the little architectural gem that is Brandon Station has been saved from demolition by Historic England awarding it Grade 2 listed status. Click here for details of the listing.