We need your help to collect Suffolk's wild words

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is launching a new campaign to collect the county's wild words.

The initiative, called Words from the Marsh, is an attempt to record Suffolk and Broadland’s unique words for wildlife and landscapes.

Words from the Marsh is part of the Trust’s three-year project to create a 1,000acre reserve at Carlton Marshes.

Last year, The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded the Trust a £4.3million grant to purchase and restore a parcel of land neighbouring the current reserve.

As well as supporting the construction of an exciting new visitor centre, the funds have also enabled the Trust to organise a programme of cultural events, including writing and story-telling workshops for children and adults, and this current scheme.

Katy Runacres, Wild Learning Officer, at Carlton Marshes, said that getting people involved in the landscape’s heritage and culture was closely linked to caring for its ecology.

“Our vision for Carlton Marshes will see wildness spread as far as the eye can see. While the restoration of the marsh is vital – providing a refuge for wildlife and protecting this landscape for future generations – we also want to protect the culture that is as much a part of the landscape as the large skies and open waterways.”

She added: “We are hoping that everyone will want to get involved and help us record and celebrate the language of this land – whether it is a local name for a species or a word for a rain shower."

The project has got off to a running start with volunteers at Carlton Marshes and other reserves around the county, already offering up  “fizmer” (the hiss of wind through reeds) and “feetings” (the tracks left by animals in snow).

People are encouraged to add their suggestions by either emailing katy.runacres@suffolkwildlifetrust.org or by entering their words and phrases in the Book of Words from the Marsh, which will be available to use and view at Carlton Marshes’ pop-up café every weekend from April 6 to September 1.