Wildlife

A lost East Anglian landscape

  

Wicken Fen is one of the last remaining fragments of undrained fenland which once covered the vast lowlands of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

It was the first nature reserve owned by the National Trust and today is home to over 8700 recorded species. Click on the following link for details of Species Recorded at Wicken Fen

Wildlife viewing

Get close to nature

There are nine wildlife hides on Wicken Fen and the Vision lands. They allow you to spy on Wicken's amazing wildlife.

The two hides on the Boardwalk Trail and the hide on Tubney Fen are equipped for wheelchair users.

Wildlife sightings

Listen for the druming snipe in Spring

Check the sightings book in the Visitor Centre to catch up on the latest wildlife sightings reported by our visitors and rangers.

Don't forget to record your own sightings in the book.

 

Wicken Bird Ringers

The bird ringers have been ringing at Wicken for 46 years, during which time they have controlled over 100,000 birds - building up an invaluable insight into changing bird populations on the fen.

Autumn highlights

Wigeon in flight

Wigeon in flight

Look out for

  • Migrating waders, black-tailed godwit, ruff & dunlin
  • Flocks of winter thrushes, fieldfare & redwing
  • Hen harriers coming into roost on Sedge Fen at dusk
  • Bittern around the mere & reedbeds
  • Flocks of teal & wigeon arriving from northern Europe
  • Guelder rose laden with clusters of bright red berries

Research & recording

For over 100 years some of the most eminent naturalists and scientists, including Sir Harry Godwin & Arthur Tansley, have studied the habitats and species found at Wicken Fen.

Picture of the week

A short-eared owl flying over Burwell Fen by Richard Nicoll

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