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Wetlands | Wicken Fen

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Wicken Fen is unique in landscape terms. A remnant of the once massive Cambridgeshire Fens, it preserves a true sense of wetland wilderness. Standing in the middle of the reserve, nothing is visible other than wild habitats of fen, water and woodland. The wetland has played an important role in the social and economic life of the area. It provided materials for thatching local houses, bedding and feed for animals, and peat for fuel.

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The British Isles was once a wet, marshy place. Despite the loss of many natural wetlands, they are still amazing places to enjoy the natural world.

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Our wetlands offer great opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Hands on Nature team? From bird watching to boat trips.


Wicken Fen - Visitor Guide

Address:Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Postcode:CB7 5XP
Telephone:(+44) (0)1353 720274
Fax:(+44) (0)1353 720274
Key attraction: Wicken Fen is Britain’s version of a tropical rain forest see wading birds, butterflies, amphibian life, freshwater fish.
Essential kit:Waterproof clothes and footwear, binoculars.
Nature watching:Dragonfly watching, bird spotting, Konik pony watching and pond dipping. Best season: All year round.
Access:Visitor Centre is accessible, as are the raised boardwalk and adapted bird hides.
Getting there:South of the A1123, 3 miles west of Soham, 9 miles south of Ely, 17 miles north east of Cambridge via A10.
Opening times:Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm, (Tuesdays - Sundays) except for 25 December.
Charges:National Trust members: free; Non members - adults £4.10; children £1.30; Fen Cottage only £1.50; Booked parties £3.15.
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