There is more detailed information about this National Nature Reserve here.
To find out more about the Holme Post and the history of Holme Fen please see the heritage section.
For information about the special wildlife of Holme Fen please visit the wildlife section.
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The famous Holme Post is made of cast iron and the top was level with the ground in 1851. This post now stands approximately 4m (13 feet) out of the ground, showing how much the peat has shrunk since the draining of Whittlesea Mere.
There are information boards and a map of Holme Fen.
This waymarked walking route takes you through the beautiful Silver Birch woodland and past the famous Holme Post. The walk takes approximately 1 hour and you can download a trail guide describing the history of this unique site.
This accessible pathway leads from one of the larger parking bays to Burnham's Mere. This is a great place to see wildlife, particularly ducks and geese in winter.
There are many mown paths that wind through Holme Fen.
Why not explore this fascinating reserve and see what wildlife you can find?
This mere was formed by commercial peat cutting in the early 20th century.
The mere attracts a variety of wintering wildfowl and various species of ducks and geese breed. In recent years, growing numbers of Cormorants have been breeding on the islands.
Commercial peat cutting in the reserve led to the creation of this area of open water that support birds, dragonflies and marsh plants such as golden dock.
Various paths lead through Holme Fen to this raised lookout (click here for a suggested route). During the winter of 2012-13 the tower hide was built and the creation of a large wetland area, known as Rymes Reedbed, began. The lookout is a great vantage point from which to see the restoration of this habitat and to watch for wildlife. More details on the Rymes Reedbed page.
The bird hides at the meres often give views of large numbers of wildfowl.
In the spring you may see Great Crested Grebes displaying and Cormorants feeding young on their nests (see picture, right). In winter there are flocks of Greylag and Canada Geese, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck and Wigeon.
Parking for Holme Fen is in bays along the side of the roads. Please note that parking is limited here and you are advised not to leave valuables in your car.