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The

Stour and Orwell Society

 

A Society dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Stour and Orwell Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

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Collaboration with Suffolk Coast and Heaths

 

SOS Committee has resolved to make an Application for Funds to help draw together much of the rather disparate information that is available on the Shotley Peninsula towards creating a more in depthknowledge of our area. This will help form plans for the area and help us to inform Babergh District Council of the jewel in their District!

 

Plans have already been collated which will help inform the study and you can view these by clicking on the links below:

 

Woodland, hedgerows and parkland with dormouse and stag beetle

 

Shotley Peninsula - Designated Sites  

 

Shotley Peninsula - Wetlands and Estuaries with Water Vole and Otter record locations

 

Shotley Peninsula Public Right of Way (PROW) Plan 1

 

Shotley Peninsula Public Right of Way (PROW) Plan 2

 

Shotley Peninsula Public Right of Way (PROW) Plan 3

 

Shotley Peninsula - Landscape character types

 

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The Stour and Orwell Society has for some time felt there has been a need to properly assess the Character of the Stour and Orwell Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty together with the Special Project Area and we applied to the Suffolk Coast and Heath Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund for a grant of £5,000 towards this work. We are pleased to announce that the grant has been awarded and that the Society has commissioned Alison Farmer Associates to carry out this work. Alison Farmer's company is well known for this type of work and has previously carried out similar assessments in other Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.

 

The assessment to be known as the Shotley Peninsula Landscape Assessment has identified to date certain landscape character areas which are as follows:

 

Orwell Estuary - this includes the north and south sides of the estuary and the water channel/mudflats and saltmarsh areas.

 

Stour Estuary - this includes the north and south sides of the estuary and the water channel/mudflats and saltmarsh areas.

 

Shotley Point - This includes the tip of the Peninsular and mouth of the estuaries which overlook Trimley Marshes and Felixstowe Port as well as Parkeston Quay and Harwich.

 

Shotley Peninsular Plateau - this includes the central upland farmed plateau of the Peninsular which stretches from the western boundary as a central 'spine'.

 

Holbrook River Valley - this includes the valley of Holbrook River including Alton Water and its vegetated valley sides.

 

Samford Valley - This includes the incised, intimate and wooded valleys to the southwest of the study area associated with the Samford River.

 

Belstead Brook - This includes the north sloping valley sides of the Belstead Brook which form the northern fringe of the study area where there are views overlooking Ipswich.

 

The Character Assessment has now been completed and can be downloaded via the following link:

 

Download Landscape Character Assessment

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