The Great Fen


Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius) - Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Wildlife at The Great Fen

The restoration work has allowed 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. Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen have recorded rare species such as marsh dock, marsh harriers and scarce chaser dragonfly in restored areas.

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.


A young adult badger in evening light, UK - Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION

Monitoring and Research

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WildNet - Matthew Roberts