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Trundle Mere Lookout was built in 2012 next to the site of an old mere. Trundle Mere is marked on the earliest maps of the area, and it was used as a source of wildfowl, fish, reeds and sedge by local people.
You can reach Trundle Mere Lookout by walking through Holme Fen. It gives great views across the whole area of Rymes Reedbed and you can see the restoration work as it proceeds.
Explore the finest silver birch woodland in England and visit the famous Holme Post where you will be 2.75 metres (9.0 ft) below sea level - the lowest land point in Great Britain.
Explore the finest silver birch woodland in England and visit the famous Holme Post where you will be 2.75 metres (9.0 ft) below sea level - the lowest land point in Great Britain. Take a look at our ‘Visit Holme Fen’ page and Holme Fen interactive map, for more details on visiting this beautiful National Nature Reserve.
The yellow lines show various routes you can take through Holme Fen National Nature Reserve to get to Trundle Mere Lookout. Park in one of the laybys near the Holme Fen Post and, depending on whether you want a long or a short walk, wander through Holme Fen to reach the hide and view the restoration work taking place.
The red line shows the shortest routes. From the parking bays walk northeast along the road to the edge of the woodland on the left. Look for the Natural England sign and take the footpath shown here. One recommended route is described in detail on this page.
Parking for Rymes Reedbed is, as for Holme Fen, in bays along the side of the roads. Parking is currently very limited here but even at busy times please do not park along the verges of the single track road or obstruct farm traffic.
For the shortest route to Rymes Reedbed park in one of the two bays near Holme Post and walk northeast along the road, to the edge of the wooded area. Look for a Natural England sign on the left land side of the road.
New meandering channels and pools are being created, mimicking natural wetlands. The channels are profiled for the maximum benefit of species such as water voles and aquatic plants. The establishment of marginal plants along these channels will not only provide valuable habitat but will help to remove excess nutrients from the water. Pools and reservoirs will allow water to be stored over the drier summer months to ensure the area can be kept wet all year round.
Reedbeds are areas of vegetation that are dominated by Common Reed, an active coloniser of wet areas. Reedbeds are one of the most important habitats for birds, providing secure breeding sites for Reed and Sedge Warblers and roosting sites for several raptor species. Once fully developed this will be one of the largest reedbed areas within the Great Fen area.
Around the reedbeds there will be areas of wet grassland. This an important habitat for a variety of wildflowers and should also attract ducks, geese and waders in winter. In addition it could provide breeding habitat for waders such as Lapwing, Snipe, Redshank and perhaps even Curlew. When appropriat,e the wet meadows will be grazed by cattle.
For more details please see the Fen Habitats page.
As the restoration of this area continues over the years a range of different habitats will develop. Where the land is slightly higher there will be dry grasslands which will often used for grazing and for haymaking. Dry grasslands sustain a wealth of native wildflowers and support a vast range of invertebrates, including butterflies, moths, beetles, dragonflies and bees.
The Fen Habitats page has more details.