Each day on the Great Fen can provide a new and exciting wildlife sighting; from Water Voles dropping into the water to Hobbies catching dragonflies on the wing.
The restoration work has allowed those species associated with farmland to thrive. In summer, huge numbers of butterflies and dragonflies take flight as you walk along the trails. The creation of new wetlands is allowing animals and plants that are fenland specialists to increase their distribution and colonise new areas. For example, rare and interesting species from the National Nature Reserves of Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen have been recorded in the newly restored areas, including Marsh Dock Rumex palustris, Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus and Scarce Chaser Dragonfly Libellula fulva.
As the restoration work continues, we hope that more species will arrive and many more wildlife sightings will be reported. Our wide network of monitoring ensures that these changes and new arrivals will be recorded and their presence will appear on the website.
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This new wildlife section of the website was launched in May 2016 and includes full details of 22 of the species or groups that are special to the Great Fen. For example, by following the links below you can now read about the Fen Violet, the Tansy Beetle, Otters and the Great Fen's Owls. We hope that over time there will be more pages compiled: check back soon for pages about Harvest Mice, Greater Bladderwort, Nightingales, and Water Beetles... and possibly fish, reptiles and amphibians too.
All of the existing wildlife pages have been compiled by volunteers with particular enthusiasms or expertise. If you could help with compiling more pages about the special wildlife of the Great Fen we'd be delighted to hear from you. In the first instance please contact Lauren Stonebridge, Great Fen Interpretation and Community Officer. Phone 01487 815524 or email Lauren.