Help us to complete the Great Fen jigsaw

One of Europe's most ambitious and visionary nature restoration projects...

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We’ve come such a long way since we first began work at the Great Fen:

  • We’ve purchased and restored 1,317ha of land around Holme Fen, creating reedbeds, hay meadows, wet meadows and areas of open water
  • We’ve purchased the tenancy of Engine Farm, meaning that we can create a continuous circle of habitat in the north of the Great Fen
  • We’ve created a Great Fen Information Point at New Decoy Farm, with car parking, information panels, a waymarked walk and a straw bale bird hide
  • We’ve built Trundle Mere Lookout, an elevated wheelchair-accessible hide with views over Rymes Reedbed, which in time will become a huge area of reedbed with pools and wet grassland
  • We’ve engaged with approximately 50,000 people through school programmes, community events and craft workshops
  • We’re creating new habitat at Kester’s Docking – an extension of Rymes Reedbed with open water, reedbed, channels and wet and dry pasture
  • We’re opening a 9km waymarked trail around the area that would have been Whittlesea Mere

And wildlife seems to approve of our work! The new habitats have benefitted many species, many returning and many never seen in the area before, including great grey shrike, hooded crow, short eared owl, green sandpiper, common sandpiper, greenshank, marsh harrier, kingfisher, willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, kestrel, little grebe, spotted flycatcher, whinchat, buzzard, hobby, lapwing and little egret

But we have even more work planned:

  • Creation of 184ha of habitat at Engine Farm
  • A second Information Point to serve Rymes Reedbed and Kester’s Docking, with a car park, bird hide and interpretation panels
  • A Great Fen smartphone app, to enhance visitor experience

And this is why we still need your help.

Please give now to support this urgent appeal.  

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Your support will fund vital wildlife work across the three counties. Some part/all of your donations to this Wildlife BCN appeal could be used to make a Contributing Third Party (CTP) payment to a landfill operator to secure a grant through the Landfill Communities Fund.



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