A47 Moving at a snail’s pace

The last of the tiny snails which hold the key to the prospect of the A47 Acle Straight being dualled have finally been moved, but it will still be five years before it becomes clear if their relocation can pave the way for work. Dykes around the road are one of the few habitats of the Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail – which is on an international ‘red list’ of endangered species.

Because the miniscule molluscs are so rare, they are protected by law, so Highways England has to ensure any work does not threaten them further.

In 2016, the process to move 800 snails away from the dykes by the side of the road to another part of the marshes has proven to be successful after a follow-up survey indicated the snails, which have shells less than a fifth of an inch in diameter, had survived the switch and were breeding.


Norfolk unlikely to see snow on the big day

Forecasters have predicted a wet and windy festive period for the east of England, dashing any hopes of a white Christmas. Norfolk hasn’t had a white Christmas in eight years and is unlikely to see another this year, according to Weatherquest. Christmas day will see showers and the highest temperature of the day will be around 6C.


Four mothers who lost sons to suicide join London protest for better mental health care

Four bereaved mothers travelled to London on Monday to demand change in mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk. Part of the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk, the four took part in a protest which picketed outside the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, and NHS Improvement.

It comes after Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) was rated as inadequate for the third time last month.


Woman knits 200 hats for premature babies at James Paget

Helen Pretty has knitted more than 200 hats for premature babies at James Paget Hospital in the neonatal unit. The 92-year-old, who resides at All Hallows nursing home, Ditchingham, in Bungay has been creating the woolen hats for five months. Mrs Pretty said she has never seen a baby wearing the hats, but would like to see a picture of one someday. The Neonatal Unit provides care for premature and sick babies over 30 weeks gestation.







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