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.

Early spring highlights

Grasshopper warbler

Grasshopper warbler

Look and listen for

  • Booming bittern's around the mere & reedbeds
  • Heron's nesting in the trees & bushes by the mere
  • Sand martin's and swallows
  • 'Drumming' snipe and 'roding' woodcock
  • The high pitched song of the grasshopper warbler
  • The distinctive call of the cuckoo from the treetops
  • Flocks of yellow wagtails on the grazed areas of Adventurer's and Burwell 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.

Summer migrants

Many of our summer migrants are beginning to arrive back at Wicken.

For over a decade we've been recording the arrival dates of the migrants.

Wicken Fen appeal

We are raising funds for new bridge to expand the grazing area for our Konik's & highland cattle.

The animals have a vital role in creating new habitats for some of Britain's most endangered species