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 9,175 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.

Summer highlights

Hobby hunting insects on the wing

Hobby hunting insects on the wing

Look and listen for

  • The high pitched song of the grasshopper warbler
  • Hobbies taking dragonflies on the wing
  • Dragonflies - emperor, broad-bodied chaser and common darter
  • Wildflowers - yellow rattle, oxeye daisies, orchids, meadow rue and comfrey.
  • Catch fleeting glimpses of bats towards dusk feeding on insects
  • Swallows & Swifts catching insects on the wing
  • Grass Snakes sunning themselves on litter piles & swimming in the waterways

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.


21 species of dragon & damselfly can be seen at Wicken Fen

The colourful insects can be seen along the Lodes & ditches

The Dragonfly Centre (nr the car park) is open at weekends throughout the summer


Try and spot one of these rare creatures.

The ButterflyTrail can be found just off the Boardwalk.

The warm sheltered site with nectar rich plants is ideal for butterflies.

Please record your sightings in the Visitor Centre