The Coal Rivers – the story of River Lark Navigation

7pm Monday 25th March 2019 

First barges arrive at Northgate Wharf 1892. From the book of Bury St Edmunds by Margaret Statham

Friends Meeting House, St John’s Street, IP33 1SJ

David Addy, author of the website St Edmundsbury Chronicle, has created a goldmine of local history where there is so much to discover of interest. 150 years of supporting industry and business, the River Lark’s history is a fascinating tale.

Admission free for members; £2 non-members

Wandering into Pilgrimage in and around Bury St Edmunds and further afield

7pm Thursday 6th June 2019

Recently retired consultant gynaecologist, Dr Sarah Gull is also a BWMG members and stalwart volunteer, liking nothing better than tackling the nettles in the meadows. Sarah writes the Suffolk Pilgrim blog.

Admission free for members; £2 non-members

The Forgotten Bees

7pm Thursday 26th September 2019

We all know bees are threatened, but it’s not the bees you think it is. Join Hawk Honey as he sheds light on The Forgotten Bees, why they are in trouble and what we can do to help.

Admission free for members; £2 non-members

West Suffolk Plan and AGM

7pm Thursday 7th November 2019

Richard Summers employs his planning expertise to advise local groups. The River Lark Catchment Partnership hopes that the new West Suffolk Plan will strongly support the inclusion of a River Lark Corridor strategy. Richard will give an update on progress.

Members only


AGM and talk by Liz Cutting, wildlife photographer, 29.11.18

Liz Cutting, A look at Suffolk Wildlife through the lens of a camera 7pm Thursday 29th November 2018 (preceded by AGM) Friends Meeting House, St John’s Street, IP33 1SJ Liz Cutting has been a dedicated photographer for many years and her images have been used by many conservation organisations.  This will be a glorious photographic feast of our …

Jonny Rankin’s Dove Step

Jonny Rankin, a fellow Bury resident, has swapped an enthusiasm for heavy metal with inspirational endurance events spurred on by his love of birdwatching and a particular interest in the turtle dove, which has seen dramatic declines in recent years. With help and encouragement from friends and the RSPB he has completed three ‘Dove Step’ …

Bury Water Meadows Group


The Leg of Mutton is a tranquil and well-loved open space which runs along the River Lark between the Abbey Gardens and Bury Rugby Club.  It is major unique piece of countryside between Bury town centre and still-expanding Moreton Hall area, but is now under immediate threat from development.

The aim of the Bury Water Meadows Group is to preserve this ancient open space with views across the valley to the historic core of the town for the benefit of all local people and the flora and fauna, and as an educational area

The Rivers Lark and Linnet, and the land around them, have been essential parts of Bury St Edmunds for centuries. To retain the character of the town, and preserve its heritage, they should be considered as key elements of the town for future generations.

Bury continues to expand rapidly and the town will double in size within a lifetime if the same rate continues. Future residents will greatly value this open space – Londoners would never build on Hyde Park or Wandsworth Common! Bury should think the same way!


Join Us!

Help us preserve our rivers and water meadows

Bury Water Meadows Group is funded through donations, membership and fund raising activities. We exist through the generosity of our members, supporting our activities and giving their time.

If you would like to help support our mission to preserve Bury’s rivers and water meadows- please join us!

Membership is only £5.00 per year and this allows you access to our meetings, our interesting talks and updates on our progress.

Please complete our application form if you would like to join us – we truly appreciate your support!


By taking part in our volunteer groups, you can make a real difference to river restoration and habitat conservation in the water meadows. Our groups include:

Litter Picking Main litter picks take place twice a year with additional in-channel picks depending on river conditions.

Wildflower Planting BWMG has received a grant from Anglian Water to support planting of wildflowers and plants on Bury’s water meadows

River Restoration BWMG is working with the River Lark Catchment Partnership on river restoration work on the Bury section of the Lark

Biodiversity Surveying A small-scale activity is underway to survey our river and water meadows on a regular basis.

If you are interested in any of these activities and not yet on the relevant volunteer list, please get in touch.

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