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!
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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A frosty morning can provide beautiful and rewarding conditions to visit the Fens in search of our winter visitors.
A Dutch Diary
It's essential that in order to succeed on the Great Fen, we learn from our paludiculture peers around the world. In September,…
Award-winning volunteers in the Great Fen
Great Fen volunteers were recognised for their hard work and dedication with awards at the Wildlife Trust BCN AGM.