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Landscape Character Types
Wooded Peat Fen
A poorly drained wetland landscape, often wooded/overgrown with some clearings for pasture. May form low lying small shallow basins, or be linear in form along valleys.
Occurs mainly in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Low-lying valley landscapes, or areas surrounded by broad and open fen.
Natural / water features:
Poor drainage results in areas of standing water and small water channels.
Vegetation and land use
A strong ecological character, typified by a mixed pattern of traditional riparian fen, reed/sedge beds, and Carr (alder/willow) woodland. Survival of primary habitat is good at almost 2%.
Primary land use :
Pastoral meadows along valley floors.
Dense scattering of trees, scrub and areas of alder/willow Carr.
Fieldscapes are a minor element of a landscape which consists mostly of riverine meadows created by wetland drainage. Field enclosure is mostly recent (18/19th C) with some earlier (16th-18th C) enclosure in the Broads area.
Planned pattern of field meadows, often divided by drainage ditches.
Generally unsettled due to flooding, although occasional mill buildings often form local features. Little 20th century development, or urban influences from adjacent areas.
To be completed at a later date.
Historic development :
Surviving common grazing meadows along river valleys inland from Norwich.
Deeply tranquil as a result of inward looking wooded character, unsettled character and areas of limited access.
Wild, overgrown and often inaccessible areas with limited outward views.