Help us build a bridge for nature

Reeds at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

Do you want to help us protect some of the most precious and declining species in Britain? We’re working on an exciting project at Wicken Fen nature reserve in Cambridgeshire, which is one of Europe's most important wetlands.

Our plan

We plan to build a bridge for nature. It will connect 300 hectares (741 acres) of land to the ancient part of Wicken Fen. Currently, the two areas are separated by a road that the grazing animals can’t cross.

With your support we can develop this area into a fenland as rich in wildlife as the ancient part of the reserve. We need to raise £148,000 for this vital conservation project.

Nature roaming free

We have introduced Konik ponies and Highland cattle to manage the Wicken Fen landscape naturally. Our ponies and cattle will use the new bridge to roam freely over the nature reserve.

Seeds carried on the animals' fur and in their faeces will reach the newly-accessible fenland, encouraging plants and habitats to flourish. The horses and cattle will naturally cultivate the grasslands, reed beds and swamplands, enriching biodiversity.

The new habitats will encourage some of Britain's most rapidly-declining species to flourish, from bitterns to hen harriers and skylarks, to water voles and fen violets.