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A wild adventure

Come to Wicken Fen and you’ll discover a lost landscape, a remnant of ancient fenland with an amazing abundance of wildlife.

Here, you can enjoy peace and quiet, as you wander through lush groves – the raised boardwalk will allow you to get close to nature. You might encounter some rarities such as water voles, otters, hen harriers and bitterns. In the summer, you can enjoy a different view of the Fen, by taking a trip in our traditional Fen lighter boat.

In 2009, Wicken Fen, one of the National Trust’s oldest properties, celebrated its 110th anniversary. Its history has been shaped by topography, hydrology, and by centuries of use by man. It has always played an important role in the social and economic life of the area, providing materials for thatching local houses, bedding and feed for animals, fish and fowl for food, and peat for fuel. Such uses have all left their mark and, while most of the Fens were drained for agriculture, Wicken Fen was saved from this fate by the local villagers, and then by Victorian wildlife enthusiasts.

The National Trust uses traditional patterns of land management to preserve the internationally important Sedge Fen, by harvesting the sedge and cutting the flower meadows on a rotation.

The Wicken Fen Vision is an ambitious landscape-scale project, at the forefront of nature conservation today. It will open up new lands and routes to explore, as well as safeguard the rare wetland species of the Fen, and offset habitats lost on the coast. Birds such as bitterns, marsh harriers and cranes will benefit from the Vision, as larger areas of suitably managed land are established. For more information visit www.wicken.org.uk or pick up a newsletter from the Visitor Centre.

Our grazing herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies are helping to create a diverse range of new habitats for wildlife and visitors to enjoy. Experience the thrill of seeing these wild animals in their natural family groups, as they roam over an extensive area.

Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
Lode Lane, Wicken, Cambs CB7 5XP
Telephone 01353 720274
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