Conservation in Action - Resting the Sedge Fen

This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. Please check our homepage for the most up to date information. 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.

The story so far

We have been able to rest the Wicken Lode bank, the western (Drainers) and eastern (Brickpit) droves and the northern side of the circular path around the edge of the Sedge Fen.  These areas have seen significant footfall, and the delicate soils and plants there needed some respite.

We've also created new access to areas away from the delicate peat soils. We opened a route from the boardwalk and 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 and we’re really making progress in protecting this special place for future generations.

Fen plants and wildflowers thrive at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve
Dewy fen foliage and flag iris at Wicken Fen
Fen plants and wildflowers thrive at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

The next phase

We'll continue to rest the worst affected areas from early October until late spring so that the recovery can continue.

Thank you

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