Reedbed in freezing fog, Cambridgeshire

Wildlife Day - The Great Fen


To be confirmed


Chris Kirby-Lambert

Group size

Maximum 6

Join us on an exploration of the wildlife and history of The Great Fen, a vast fenland landscape, home to one of the most ambitious conservation projects in the UK. We focus our time around Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve, one of only four remaining fragments of the ancient fens, and a core part of The Great Fen Project. The meres and ditches support a range of wintering wildfowl, along with Kingfisher, Water Rail, Bittern and Otters. Wet woodland occupies large areas of Woodwalton and should be alive with chattering flocks of wintering Fieldfare, Redwing, Siskin and Redpoll, whilst Marsh Harriers can be spotted quartering the reedbeds. There is a good chance to encounter Chinese Water Deer, a non-native, teddy-faced deer, now endangered in its native China, with a stronghold in the fens. As our day draws to an end, we will look for some of the most magical inhabitants of The Great Fen; Short-eared and Barn Owls hunting along fen edges.