Barton Broad is a large lake, not technically a lake but a “broad,” that forms part of the River Ant in England. It is located within a 164-hectare (410-acre) nature reserve managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, northeast of Norwich in Norfolk.
Barton Broad is the second-largest of the Broads, a series of interconnected lakes and wetland habitats found in the east of England.
The Broad is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a National Nature Reserve, and part of The Broads National Park. It’s also part of the much larger Ant Broads and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Broad was once known for its clear waters and diverse plant life, but pollution in the 20th century led to a decline in water quality. However, conservation efforts, including the “Clear Water 2000” project, have helped to improve the Broad’s health in recent years.
Today, Barton Broad is a popular spot for birdwatching, boating, and other outdoor activities. The Broad is also home to a variety of wildlife, including fish, otters, and water voles.