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Renowned Norfolk nature writer returns to give talk

PUBLISHED: 15:57 22 October 2018

Nature writer Mark Cocker will be giving a talk on Norfolk's role in nature conservation near Diss. Picture: Waveney Heritage Centre

Nature writer Mark Cocker will be giving a talk on Norfolk's role in nature conservation near Diss. Picture: Waveney Heritage Centre

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When it comes to the Norfolk countryside Mark Cocker is one of the leading voices in capturing and expressing its beauty and unique nature.

Books by nature writer Mark Cocker who will be giving a talk on Norfolk's role in nature conservation near Diss.Books by nature writer Mark Cocker who will be giving a talk on Norfolk's role in nature conservation near Diss.

The author and naturalist, who has published a string of acclaimed books and written about the East Anglia landscape and wildlife as country diarist for the Guardian for three decades, has lived in Norfolk for the last 35 years.

Now living at Claxton in the Yare Valley, he spent much of his spare time is devoted to the restoration of a small wooded fen called Blackwater.

He is no stranger to Diss and is regular visitor to Roydon, home to another of country’s most eminent nature writers, Richard Mabey, and returns to just down the road in Brockdish next month for a talk entitled Nature’s Future: Norfolk’s Vital Role in the Story of British Conservation.

The presentation will see him speak Norfolk, not only looking at the work supporting the natural world developed here over many years, but also to the future for conservation.

Nature writer Mark Cocker will be giving a talk on Norfolk's role in nature conservation near Diss. Picture: Bill SmithNature writer Mark Cocker will be giving a talk on Norfolk's role in nature conservation near Diss. Picture: Bill Smith

He hopes to give down-to-earth advice as well, in a Q&A session that focuses on the practical ways we can all work to improve our local environments for nature.

Marls acclaimed books include Crow Country, Birds and People and his most recent Our Place, a radical, hard-hitting look at environmental history and key moments in conservation history, explaining how our country has come to look as it does.

• Mark Cocker: Nature’s Future takes place at Waveney Heritage Centre (Brockdish School), Grove Road, Brockdish, on November 14, 7.30pm, £8, 01379 668285, waveneyheritage.org

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