Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve

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Woodwalton Fen NNR is part of the Great Fen, and is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers - a window into a lost world. Explore peaceful paths while listening to the calls of birds, watch dragonflies dart along the water's edge and discover the Rothschild Bungalow.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • Being out in nature, you can enjoy peace and quiet, escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  • Children can build confidence in interacting with the natural world.
  • Volunteers get to meet like-minded people while doing something positive for nature and the local community.

Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve (NNR) is one of only four remaining fragments of the ancient wild fens that once stretched for 1,350 square miles across the area and is a last haven for many rare fen species.

It is an SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) owned by the Wildlife Trust BCN and is managed by Natural England. This beautiful reserve is internationally important for wildlife and provides a refuge for thousands of species of fen animals and plants, many of which are found nowhere else in the country. It is a National Nature Reserve, a Ramsar site and a Special Area of Conservation.

The reserve has a variety of walks and opportunities to see wildlife, and the Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre has regular events, activities and clubs. Find out more on the Wildlife Trust’s webpage.

You can also find out about:

Self-guided walks and wildlife watching are free and open at any time. Some of the trails and activity ideas for children have leaflets available at the Information Hut at the entrance, at the Ramsey Heights Visitor Centre, or as printable PDFs online.

Volunteers are always welcome to come and do gardening, restoration, help with activities, and more, with weekly groups or individually when you have time. Find out more on their ‘Volunteer with us’ webpage.

Activities that are subject to a fee include:

  • Guided walks

Contact them direct to find out more, and see what upcoming events are here.

Guided walks meet at the bridge at the entrance to the Reserve, and there is parking on the shoulder of the gravel road next to the canal – see photos below.

How to contact

Where to go

Woodwalton Fen
Chapel Road
PE26 2RS

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