The Study Centre For The Broads

Region

Europe

Country

UK

Flyway

East Atlantic flyway

Initiative

WLI Europe

About

How Hill Trust

Funding support: Self-funding

Number of staff: 17

Number of visitors per year: 2200

Overall aims of the centre

 

Environmental education

Description of the centre

90 hectares

SSSI and NNR

46 bed thatched mansion providing residential environmental education plus day visit opportunities

Specialising in primary years education

Approx 1100 children undertake residential stays each year and a similar number come as day visitors

All the major Broadland habitats are represented at How Hill and the site is particularly noted for bitterns, marsh harriers, bearded reedlings, otters and swallowtail butterflies
Located at the heart of the Norfolk Broads TG372189 OS Land Ranger Sheet 134

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Curriculum related courses for children

General interest natural history holiday courses for adults

Events for the general public

Top three successes

Taking over a closed loss-making County Council centre in 1984 and turning it into a successful and flourishing centre.
Establishing a Freshwater Ecology Centre
Establishing a new thatched centre devoted to the Living Marshes Project

Top three challenges

Funding. We are permanently seeking sufficient funding for our activities and have never succeeded in securing guaranteed investment
Regulation and Certification. Being outside the statutory framework we are always trying to keep abreast of national developments which we have to find out about independently
Staffing. Remote location and low salaries make this a difficult issue for the Trust

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning