August 2013. Barrie Galpin
Size: 330 acres (134 hectares)
Restoration began: 2011
Rymes Reedbed lies north east of Holme Fen National Nature Reserve. It is named after an historic reedbed that once occupied the same spot 200 years ago, before the drainage of the Whittlesea Mere. The Rymes Reedbed area will consist of actual reedbed, fringed with about areas of wet and semi wet grassland. Major construction work has been completed to produce new channels and areas of water and this can be viewed from the Trundle Mere Lookout.
The work carried out at Rymes Reedbed has two aims:
The area continues to develop with new plant and animal species being spotted on a regular basis. Further changes will be seen as the water levels are altered over the coming years in order to provide the ideal fenland habitat.
In 2015 it was proven that the design could hold water appropriately enabling the restoration team to manage and adjust the water levels. Kingfishers, egrets, green sandspipers, snipe, teal, and an array of dragonflies have been using this area now that the area is developing in to a suitable habitat for them.
You can get a birds eye view of Rymes Reedbed in the following video, shot in March 2016.
Rymes Reedbed as heavy earth works commenced, April 2013
Rymes Reedbed October 2015
This work is made possible by the Heritage Lottery Funded Holmewood Estate Project, WREN, Environment Agency, and WREN Biodiversity Action Fund. See also Funded Projects.
The area can be located on this map of the Great Fen.