Conservation in Action - Resting the Sedge Fen

Thanks to your help, we've been able to rest and protect the unique habitat of Wicken's Sedge Fen. We're making great progress and have exciting plans to do more.

Progress so far

Last year we rested the western (Drainers) and eastern (Brickpit) droves in addition to the northern side of the circular path around the edge of the Sedge Fen.  These two droves had seen significant footfall, and the delicate soils and plants there needed some respite.
At the same time we were excited to be able to offer new access to areas away from the delicate peat soils, as we opened a route from the boardwalk Roger Clarke hide to the new Woodland walk.  Visitors were also able to see the old brick kilns along the route for the first time.  New perimeter hedges were laid and traditional woodland management began, transforming the area into a proper working coppice.
We’re delighted with the improvements we’ve seen so far.  The paths, plants and peat soils are recovering well as can be seen by the before and after images below.  We’re really making progress in protecting this special place for future generations.

Sedge Fen drove before
Sedge Fen drove showing condition before resting, showing compacted soil and lack of vegetation
Sedge Fen drove before
Sedge Fen drove after resting
Droves after resting showing improved condition and vegetation
Sedge Fen drove after resting

The next phase

From early October we will be resting the Wicken Lode bank in addition to the other areas of the circular route around the Sedge Fen.  In order to provide an alternative to the Tower Hide while the Wicken Lode bank is rested, we’ll be installing a scaffold tower to act as a temporary viewing point. The scaffold tower will be just past the end of the boardwalk and behind the new metal wind pump.  It will offer panoramic views across the Sedge Fen, Wicken Lode and wider fen areas.   In the longer term we have exciting plans for a new permanent structure that will incorporate an elevated hide with a viewing platform above.
We’ll also be improving the paths to and around the Woodland Walk, increasing accessibility to this popular area of the reserve. 

Thank you

We’d like to thank all our visitors for supporting this vital conservation work, and helping us protect the ancient Sedge Fen