The Fen Edge - hidden gems of East Anglia
We explore the remnants of the royal hunting park of Rockingham Forest and the last echoes of the once great wetland wilderness of the fens that now form the core of one of Britain’s most ambitious conservation projects, The Great Fen.
This short break will provide an introduction to some of the exceptional wildlife and history to be found around the City of Peterborough. Peterborough has an enviable position on the boundary between the low-lying Fens to the east and higher Oolitic limestone country to the west and has eight National Nature Reserves within half an hour’s drive. This location means the city is surrounded by a wealth of both wildlife and history, which are intimately and inextricably linked.
On this holiday we will explore the remnant woodlands of the royal hunting park of Rockingham Forest, the limestone country that inspired local poet John Clare, and the last echoes of the once great wetland wilderness of the fens that now form the core of one of Britain’s most ambitious conservation projects, The Great Fen.
The trip has a mixed natural history focus with an emphasis on botany, invertebrates and the long interplay between human activity and semi-natural habitats in the region. We will visit a range of sites, including several National Nature Reserves, selected to cover a broad range of habitats including ancient woodland, limestone grassland, lowland meadow and both calcareous and acid fen habitats.