Sunset on the Great Fen

Sunset on the Great Fen - Martin Parsons

A New Vision for the Fens!

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Welcome to the Great Fen

The Great Fen is a vast fenland landscape between Peterborough and Huntingdon with a dramatic and fascinating history. As seen from our map, it is home to two National Nature Reserves, protected for their unique habitat and the varied wildlife they support.

The area is currently benefiting from one of the largest restoration projects of its type in Europe and the landscape is being restored and transformed for the benefit both of wildlife and of people.

In a landmark moment for the Great Fen and as a part of our Peatland Progress project, our next step has been to purchase and ultimately restore a pivotal area of land called Speechly's Farm. This 120 hectares completes a fenland jigsaw; for the first time since drainage in the 1850s, it will create a continuous corridor of natural wet fenland between Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen National Nature Reserves. In March 2023, you helped us raise the £400,000 deposit needed to unlock more than £4m of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in our biggest appeal to date. Thank you!

The Great Fen and wet farming – a natural solution to our changing climate

This video was created for COP26, to illustrate how our Water Works project is a vital nature-based solution to climate change and one which which we hope will inspire others. 

The Great Fen has a variety of fantastic facilities, creating the perfect environment for regular events and clubs. See our latest events

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Painting of cranes over the Great Fen by Gorbatov

Painting of cranes over the Great Fen by Gorbatov

A vision for the future

About the Great Fen
Marsh Harrier

Marsh harrier Circus aeruginosus An adult hunting over misty reedbeds in dawn light. Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION

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View of Holme Fen NNR - Sarah Lambert

View of Holme Fen NNR - Sarah Lambert


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Silver Birch

Silver birches reflected in Loch Pityoulish in autumn, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK - Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

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Much of the work at the Great Fen is only possible thanks to support from the members of the Wildlife Trust. Membership is only £3.50 per month, please consider supporting us.

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Rainbow over Ramsey Heights

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