Fixed Point Photography (FPP) is an effective and easy method of monitoring vegetation change. It is extensively used as a technique to monitor large scale ecological changes in protected areas across the world, its value increasing with repeated application over time. FPP can provide a snapshot of vegetation changes, not only through the changing seasons but also annually.
At the Great Fen, photographs are taken by volunteers at 43 locations, four times a year. A hand-held GPS is used to identify the exact spot for the camera which is set at the widest angle. A succession of photographs is taken, gradually turning through 180° and overlappping them slightly. Special software is then used to stitch together the images to form a panorama.
Please note that some of these areas are not open to the public, but the images show changes around the Great Fen in areas that are not accessible.
Identify a location by hovering over a star. Click on a star to see all the photos
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013
Thanks to the dedicated team of volunteers who took the original images:
Antony Mould: Darlow's Farm nos. 01-03, Middle Farm nos. 30-33, Church End/Moat Farm, Darlow's and Middle/Eternity Hall Farm nos. 38-42.
Gary Dean: Holmelode Farm nos. 11-18 and Summer Standing nos. 19-21.
Rupert Paul: New Decoy Farm nos. 22-25 and Old Decoy Farm nos. 26-29.
Howard Birley and (from April 2013) Helen Bailey: Ladyseat and Engine Farms nos. 04-10 and Corney’s Farm , nos. 34-37
Helen Bailey: Rymes Reedbed no. 43
Thanks too to volunteer Barrie Galpin who created and maintains these web pages