The Great Fen – natural history and conservation
Enjoy summer among the reedbeds, pastures and woodlands of one of the country’s most visionary conservation projects.
Since 1600, more than 99% of the original wetlands of the East Anglian Fens have been lost, including what was once the largest lake in England; Whittlesea Mere. In Cambridgeshire, between Huntingdon and Peterborough, the Great Fen Project aims to reconnect the last vital fragments of this habitat, at Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen National Nature Reserves, and to restore an amazing 9,000 acres – one of the most ambitious conservation projects in the country.
Our holiday will be based in the nearby scenic market town of St Ives, on the banks of the River Ouse. From here we will explore the wetlands of Woodwalton Fen and the silver birch woodland of Holme Fen, learning about the restoration work already undertaken and seeing ‘behind the scenes’ of this exciting project. We will also enjoy a gentle boat ride along the River Ouse, learn about the traditional brick making industry of the fens and pay a visit to the nearby Nene Washes reserve.
To be confirmed