Size: 163 acres (66 hectares)
Restoration began: 2010
In February 2013 major work was carried out to redirect a drain that takes water from the farms to the south across New Decoy Farm towards the major drains to the north. Please see: Drains, dykes and ditches.
In 2013, more fields were acquired at the western end of New Decoy farm. The last crop planted on the fields was maize, which will help to reduce the excess nutrients. Huge plants grew and in the autumn all the vegetation was harvested and sent to the biomass fuelled power station at Ely. Subsequently the fields were ploughed and will shortly be sown with grass seed in the first stage of the restoration process.
In March 2015 Huntingdonshire District Council constructed two culverts under the B660, connecting Corneys and New Decoy farms. One of these, connected to the redirected drain will allow drainage water to flow north. The other culvert will permit the movement of habitat water between the two farms, allowing water levels to rise on the new wet meadows. Now that the infrastructure is in place consultation between the IDBs and the Great Fen must take place to ensure that the water levels can be adjusted without affecting residential areas and active farmland. It is expected that this consultation and subsequent trials will take several years. In late winter 2016 it is hoped to connect the culverts to join together Corney's and New Decoy.
Other landscaping work was also carried out in the summer of 2015 at the New Decoy information point. Great Fen staff and volunteers replaced the existing small pond with a much larger lined one which will help to ensure that water can be retained throughout the year whilst gently sloping banks will allow wildlife to thrive. The pond can be found to the west of the car parking area adjacent to the newly renovated picnic area.
In 2016 the derelict New Decoy bungalow was demolished and cleared, this will be the site for the future visitor centre.
The Great Fen team worked with local contractors to create a Great Fen Information Point, just off the B660 road. There is a car park and picnic area, with bog oak and willow fencing. There is a short trail for visitors, illustrated information about the restoration, history and wildlife. A bird hide made of straw bales has been built with the help of community groups and this looks out over an area which is being transformed into wet pasture. More information here.
The Information Point is also the start and finishing point for a long trail, the Last of the Meres Trail, which links the northen areas of the Great Fen project.
The area can be located on this map of the Great Fen.