Land for saleHickling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12
Under Offer £2,300,000
- 654.70 acres
Full descriptionThe significant element of an internationally recognised nature reserve and surrounding land with amenity and commercial portfolio within the Norfolk Broads. In all about 654.7 acres.
Internationally recognised Nature Reserve Hickling Broad comprises a significant part of one of the United Kingdom's most important wildlife and conservation sites and is indeed a very rare habitat in Europe. It is designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) as well as being a Ramsar site. This important protection recognises that Hickling Broad is a wetland site of international importance.
The reserve and its surroundings host some of Britain's rarest wildlife including a substantial proportion of the United Kingdom's common Crane population as well as breeding pairs of Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and Bittern. Other birds often seen include Barn Owl, Curlew, Kingfisher, Merlin, Reed Bunting, Lapwing, Redshank, Snipe, Avocet, Hobby, Sparrow Hawk and Sandpiper as well as various species of waterfowl. Red Deer, Chinese Water Deer and Muntjac Deer are all found at Hickling as well as many other mammals which include Otters, Hares and Water Voles. In addition, Swallowtail Butterfly and Norfolk Hawker (dragonfly) can also be found at Hickling. The reserve's wildlife thrives upon the varied land types including reed bed, sedge fen, grazing marsh and fen meadow.
Tourism and Leisure
Hickling Broad, like much of the wider broads has always attracted sportsmen, yachtsmen and naturalists and as a result the northern section of the broad comprises a commercial element which is seemingly timeless and has scope for beneficial improvement. There are numerous nautical activities to be enjoyed at Hickling, which include a sailing club, a windsurfing club, viewing of a traditional boatyard as well as a well-known country pub. In addition to these facilities and the attractions of The Norfolk Wildlife Trust's visitor centre, the North East Norfolk Coast, with its sandy beaches can be found about 4 miles away. Stalham, is the nearest market town, which can be reached by road or boat and has a wider range of amenities.
The Hickling Broad Estate which comprises approximately half of Hickling Broad has been in the same ownership since the early 19th Century. The owners have pursued a conservative and traditional policy of management, and have as a result, retained the charm and timelessness which makes Hickling Broad and its surrounding area unique and internationally renowned.
The Hickling Broad Estate is for sale as a whole or in up to 5 lots as follows:
Lot 1: Hickling Broad, Reed bed, Wetland and Marsh
About 588.69 acres (238.23 hectares)
Lot 2: Commercial / Amenity let Portfolio to include Boatyard, Sailing club site,Cottage,
4 Holiday lodges, Extensive Boathouses, Moorings and part of the Broad.
About 29.97 acres (12.13 hectares)
Lot 3: Grassland and Fen
About 30.36 acres (12.29 hectares)
Lot 4: Boathouse site
About 0.25 acres (0.10 hectares)
Lot 5: Rough Grassland and Woodland
About 5.46 acres (2.21 hectares)
In all about 654.73 acres (264.96 hectares)
• Norwich 19 miles (By Train to London Liverpool
Street from 100 minutes)
• Norwich International Airport 21 miles
• Stalham 5 miles
• Wroxham 12 miles
• North East Norfolk Coast – Sea Palling 4 miles
The Norfolk Broads
The Hickling Broad Estate is located at the northern
end of the Norfolk Broads network. The Broads are
the United Kingdom's largest nationally protected
wetlands and were added to the National Park Family
in 1989. It is a unique mosaic of gentle landscape,
lakes (known as broads) and rivers covering 303
square kilometres. The Broads which were originally
created in medieval times by man, digging for peat, are
said to be a haven for over a quarter of Britain's rarest
species. In all, The Broads comprises seven rivers
and 63 Broads and there is over 125 miles of navigable
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