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Holme Fen National Nature Reserve really is a reserve for all seasons with something to see at every time of the year.
Winter is a good time to look out for mosses and lichens. As a birch woodland on acid soils, it supports many species that are uncommon in Cambridgeshire. People often overlook these smaller organisms, but some are relatively distinctive, including the starry shoots of bank haircap, red-stemmed feather-moss, and the peculiar asexual reproductive structures of the aptly named drumsticks which can occasionally be found on tree stumps. Look out for Cladonia lichens in the more heathy areas – some have ‘pixie cups’ which are particularly attractive in frosty weather.