Ongoing research projects taking place at the reserve:
Broadland Ecohydrological Observatory
Alice Milner (Royal Holloway University of London) and Andy Baird (University of Leeds)
A major challenge for Broadland is adapting to climate change where over the next 50 years the area is likely to experience hotter drier summers, wetter warmer winters, more intense and frequent rainfall storms, heatwaves and droughts, possibly coinciding with surge tide events, and sea level rise. There is evidence that Broadland peatland surfaces have kept pace with past sea level rise but it is unclear what will happen under future sea level rise, and how floodplain fens like Wheatfen will respond to flooding and tidal surges.
The Broadland Ecohydrological Observatory (BEO) is a new fen monitoring station at Wheatfen collecting long-term data on meteorological conditions and ecological and hydrological changes in semi-natural wet woodland. In autumn 2018, the observatory completed its first year of data collection.
Investigating mammal population densities in relation to habitat using the Random Encounter Model
Sam Speak (University of East Anglia)
Using trail cameras, Sam Speak designed and undertook a research project focused around working in the Norfolk Broads to investigate the relative population sizes of mammals in the Broads. He based the project at two separate sites, Buremarsh at Woodbastwick and at Wheatfen Nature Reserve over the summer of 2018 from July until October.
Read the project article.
An archive of scientific papers and articles concerning Wheatfen:
- Kemp, T., “Galeruca laticollis (Sahlberg): some notes on the life cycle“, Transactions Norfolk Norwich Naturalists Society, 2011, 41,1: 61-63
- H.A. Binney, M.P. Waller, M.J. Bunting and R.A. Armitage, “The interpretation of fen carr pollen diagrams: The representation of the dry land vegetation“, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Volume 134, Issues 3–4, May 2005, Pages 197-218
- M.P. Waller, H.A. Binney, M.J. Bunting and R.A. Armitage, “The interpretation of fen carr pollen diagrams: pollen–vegetation relationships within the fen carr“, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Volume 133, Issues 3–4, February 2005, Pages 179-202
- Porley, R.D. and Ellis, R.W., “Timmia megapolitana Hedw. (Bryopsida, Timmiales) new to the British Isles“, Journal of Bryology, vol. 24, no. 2, 2002, Pages 151-156
- Nobbs, D., “Miscellaneous observations: Tapinotus sellatus (F.)“, Transactions Norfolk, Norwich Naturalists Society, 1997, 31,1: p32
- Howlett, D., “Miscellaneous observations:Pseudamnicola confusa (Frauenfeld)“, Transactions Norfolk Norwich Naturalists Society, 1997, 31,1: p38
- Baker, R. and Clarke, K., “New amphipod to Norfolk from Wheatfen Broad“, Transactions Norfolk Norwich Naturalists Society, 1997, 31,1: p66
- B.D. Wheeler and K.E. Giller, “Status of aquatic macrophytes in an undrained area of fen in the Norfolk broads“, England, Aquatic Botany, Volume 12, 1982, Pages 277-296
- C.T. Ingold and E.A. Ellis, “On some hyphomycete spores, including those of Tetracladium maxilliformis, from Wheatfen“, Transactions of the British Mycological Society, Volume 35, Issue 2, 1952, Pages 158-161
- M.B. Ellis, E.A. Ellis and J. Pamela Ellis, “British marsh and fen fungi. I.“, Transactions of the British Mycological Society, Volume 34, Issue 2, 1951, Pages 147-169
- M.B. Ellis, E.A. Ellis and J. Pamela Ellis, “British marsh and fen fungi. II.“, Transactions of the British Mycological Society, Volume 34, Issue 4, 1951, Pages 497-514
- Dobbs, C.G., “Fruiting of the oak mildew“, Nature, vol. 167, no. 4244, 1951, Page 357
- “Spring Foray, 1946, Wheatfen Broad, Norfolk“, Transactions of the British Mycological Society, Volume 31, Issues 1–2, July 1947, Pages 142-143
- Ellis, E.A., “The natural history of Wheatfen Broad, Surlingham” Transactions Norfolk, Norwich Naturalists Society, 1939, 24: 137–152