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 8500 recorded species.

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.

 

Spring highlights

Native nature, the beauty of British birds

Look & listen for:

  • Drumming snipe
  • Chiffchaff
  • Willow warblers & blackcaps
  • Booming bittern's
  • Sand martin & swallows
  • Brimstone butterflies
  • Lesser celandine & coltsfoot

Last chance to see

Britain’s rarest bird of prey, the hen harrier, at Wicken Fen

Lookout for Britain's rarest bird of prey, the hen harrier coming into roost on Sedge Fen at dusk.

Very soon they will be heading north to upland Britain to breed over the summer months.

 

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.

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.

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.

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