Wicken Fen - Summer Buzz

Wicken Fen - Painted Lady butterfly

Wicken Fen was alive with the sound of insects across the reserve during July and August. Here are some to be looked for.

 

Wicken Fen is home to 21 species of dragonfly
A Dragonfly at Wicken Fen
Wicken Fen is home to 21 species of dragonfly

Would you like some help identifying dragonflies?


We are lucky to have experts from the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) on hand to help us identify dragonflies seen on the reserve.  The BDS volunteers are based in the Dragonfly Centre, just a short walk from the Visitor Centre, which is open most weekends during July and August.  We celebrated Dragonfly Week from 21-29 July with extra opening times and activities in the Dragonfly Centre.  For further details of opening times and future activities please contact fiona.mckenna@british-dragonflies.org.uk

Adonis Blue butterfly
Adonis Blue butterfly
Adonis Blue butterfly

The Big Butterfly Count 20 July – 20 August 2018

We will be taking part in the Big Butterfly Count which is a nationwide survey aimed at assessing the health of our environment.  Butterflies are great indicators of biodiversity as they react very quickly to changes in their environment.  The count means that trends can be identified that help us understand the effects of climate change on butterflies and wildlife.  The longer grass in our Woodland Walk is a great place to see beautiful butterflies Join us for butterfly walks with our rangers; ask in the Visitor Centre for more information and a butterfly spotting chart.

Keepers Cottage - Wicken Fen

Fen Cottage garden


Fen Cottage has an abundance of stunning cottage garden flowering plants that are bee and butterfly friendly, so this is a great place to experience some more of the summer buzz at Wicken Fen.  The back garden also includes some traditional garden vegetables, and there is a bench where you can pause to soak up the atmosphere.