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.

Autumn highlights

Lapwings, reglular visitors to Wicken Fen

Lapwings, reglular visitors to Wicken Fen

Look and listen for

  • Flocks of fieldfares feasting on alder buckthorn berries
  • Lapwings on the wet grasslands
  • Large flocks of wigeon and teal on the wet grasslands & mere
  • Bitterns stalking the reedbeds
  • Catch fleeting glimpses of bats towards dusk feeding on insects
  • Barn owls hunting over Sedge 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.


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