Frenze Beck is a county wildlife site in Diss, Norfolk. Created next to the tributary of the River Waveney by South Norfolk Council in 2003 with funding from the European Transnational Ecological Network (TEN).
Two reed beds were excavated and an area of diverse habitats created including wetland, meadow and areas of scrub and trees. However, due to lack of management resources, and invasion by travellers, the wetland became heavily overgrown with willow scrub, and the boardwalk pathways fell into disrepair.
The site has since been turned back into a rural haven for wildlife and visitors. A 10 year plan was drawn up with a local ecologist and is being worked towards in partnership with South Norfolk Council and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Volunteers are also recording the varied and species of mammals, birds, butterflies, bats and insects that have been observed on the site.
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Visiting Frenze Beck
The entrance is off Sawmills Road between the premises of Desira and Glazing Vision, opposite the Animal Feed Warehouse (IP22 4GG).
Parking is available at the entrance for a small number of cars. Over the weekends, additional parking can be found across the road outside the Songbird Survival Trust.
Activities include removing debris from the river, managing trees and other vegetation, picking up litter and building habitats. Volunteers meet every Monday morning. Our colleagues at the Scole Nature Trails Trust help us manage this nature reserve.