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This is the finest and largest birch woodland in lowland England. The 657 acre (266 hectare) National Nature Reserve has a great deal of wildlife to see, including woodland birds, the strange shapes of more than 500 types of fungi, and some rare plant species that have survived from its ancient fen history.
The famous Holme Post is also situated here.
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Rymes Reedbed is named after an historic reedbed that once occupied the same area on the fringes of Trundle Mere and Whittlesea Mere. Restoration of Rymes Reedbed (330 acres, 134 hectares) began in 2012. As well as reedbed, the area will include pools and wet grassland, developing into a spectacular place for wildlife.
The Trundle Mere Lookout is accessible on foot through Holme Fen and offers visitors views of the construction work and of the wildlife that is already starting start to use the site.
This area of land was purchased and restoration began in 2005. It lies between the B660 and Holme Fen, from where there are beautiful views out over Summer Standing.
There are areas of standing water in winter and cattle can often be seen grazing this restored area. Surveys have found some rare plant species including Golden Dock.
At New Decoy Farm, beside the B660 road, you will find the first visitor information point in the Great Fen area. There is a car park, picnic areas and information panels. A way-marked walk takes visitors around the wetland, into a wooded area and to a unique straw-bale bird hide from where there are good views across the site.
Restoration began here in 2010.
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Old Decoy Farm is on the north-east boundary of the project area. It lies to the north of the B660 and is bounded by the old course of the River Nene.
Part of the Holmewood Estate Project, restoration began on Old Decoy Farm in 2010. The land was seeded with grass to take nutrients out of the soil, ready for the next stages of restoration, including hay crops and grazing. Sheep and cattle can now been seen grazing on the site.
Engine Farm is the site of the powerful steam pump, Appold's Pump, that was used to drain Whittlesea Mere in the 1850s.
The fields of Engine Farm occupy the northeast section of the project area and an opportunity has arisen to acquire this land which would link together Old Decoy Farm and the Rymes Reedbed complex.
This farm occupies 270 acres (109 hectares) and lies south of the B660 road.
Restoration work began in 2009 with grass seeding followed by the growing of hay and grazing sheep through the winter. The next stage is to make new ditches, re-shape existing agricultural dykes and then to add water to the land. This water will find its own natural levels, creating areas of wet and semi-wet habitat.
Restoration began on this 452 acre (183 hectare) farm in 2006 and it is already attracting many birds. There are spectacular views over Middle Farm from the west bank of Woodwalton Fen and from there it is also possible to walk out towards the farm.
Local farmers are helping the Great Fen team with restoration on this and other sites.
Darlow’s Farm (212 acres, 86 hectares) was the first area of land purchased by the Great Fen in 2002. Restoration began in 2004 and it has already become a haven for wildlife. There are beautiful views out over the wet meadows from the northern and western clay banks of Woodwalton Fen.
Darlow’s Farm is the original home of Darlow’s Cottage shown here. It has now been moved and rebuilt at Ramsey Rural Museum as an example of a First World War pre-fabricated dwelling.
One of the last remaining fragments of ancient fen, this is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers. The beautiful 500 acre (208 hectare) National Nature Reserve is internationally important and provides a refuge for thousands of species of fen animals and plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the country. In addition the reserve is home to the Rothschild Bunglow, built in 1911.
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The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre is a great place to explore the inter-connected worlds of plants, animals and fenland heritage. This is the base for the Great Fen education and community work.
The indoor centre and offices are surrounded by a beautiful nature reserve with ponds, picnic areas and a discovery trail around the reserve. The site is accessible to a wide range of visitors.
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