The Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire is one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves and one of the last remaining areas of undrained fenland. It has been cared for by the National Trust since 1899.
It has over 9,000 recorded species of wildlife and we explored the fens first along the Boardwalk Trail where I spotted plenty of common lizards.
There was also an abundance of dragonflies (21 species have been recorded there) though none stayed still long enough to be photographed. We also took a boat trip along the Fen which was a great way to see the extent of the land. We were lucky enough to be able to glimpse a kingfisher in the distance and a marsh harrier, along with several swans.
Another striking feature of the fens is this wind pump, which would use wind power to manage the level of the water. Although this is the oldest working wind pump it isn’t its original site and the fens here were never drained.
The reserve covers over 1,887 acres and we only had time to explore a relatively small section. Definitely worth visiting if you’re in the area to support the work they are doing.
You can find more photos here.