The Norfolk Broads were dug by men using just spades! They are called the Broads because the river course was broadened, or widened, when the men were digging the turf. Turf was used as a fuel for fires and cooking. This part of the Broads is called Barton Turf, after the turf.
We all had an hour boat trip and even saw a sunken wherry, the old boat they used to use to transport cargo up and down the rivers.
We did some pond and dyke dipping and identified the creatures we found. We were also helping look for the killer shrimp - a type of shrimp that has come from another country. It is actually very small, but eats the young water insects. We did find three or four, which was very worrying for the Broads Authority as it shows they are spreading.