The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

The Great Fen

The Great Fen - one of the most exciting habitat restoration projects ever undertaken in Britain - will restore 3,700 hectares of fenland habitat between Huntingdon and Peterborough. In doing so, it will connect Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve with Holme Fen National Nature Reserve to create an internationally important site with benefits for local wildlife, people and businesses. For more information about this exciting project please click through to the next page or visit:

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The fens cover an area of 380,000 Ha across East Anglia. Just a few hundred years ago they were a vast complex of wetland habitats that supported an abundance of wildlife and provided bountiful food and natural resources for the people that lived there. Today, this habitat has been all but lost, due to agricultural and urban growth, and only three small pockets of original fen remain. The Great Fen project aims to reverse this change by joining up Holme Fen and Woodwalton Fen to restore an enormous area of fenland between Huntingdon and Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire. The Great Fen will be provide multiple benefits for wildlife and to people, such as: • Nature Conservation: - Protecting critically endangered species - Encouraging new species to breed in the area. • Education for children and adults about wildlife conservation. • Providing access to nature and wild spaces for local communities and visitors. • Boosting Tourism – on a local, national and international basis. • Generating income and attracting new business: - Creating vital employment in rural areas. • Protecting local people and their property from flooding. The Great Fen is a partnership project between The Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs, Northants and Peterborough, Natural England, Huntingdonshire District Council, the Environment Agency, and the Middle Level Commissioners. For more information about this exciting project please visit: