News from Wicken Fen

We’ve recently had a pair of common cranes breed successfully at Wicken Fen for the first time in over 100 years.  This is exciting not only because cranes are on the amber species list, but also because it shows that the diverse habitats developing at Wicken Fen are attracting new and varied species.  Once the young crane starts to explore the reserve, it is hoped that visitors will be able to spot the new crane family.

We have lots of fun family activities planned for the summer holidays.  Our bookable events start off with Den Building on 29 July, and will include Summer Safari, Painting the Fens and Mud Glorious Mud.  You can also drop in anytime for outdoor and indoor adventures and activities linked to our ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ ’; the activities will change weekly, so you can keep the fun rolling throughout the holidays.  Go to to find out more.

We hope you’ll join us for our first ever Walk for Wicken event on Sunday October 13.  We’ve planned two routes of 7.5 and 12.5 km; the shorter walk will follow the picturesque Monk’s Lode and go through Baker’s Fen where our konik ponies and highland cattle roam freely, the longer walk will take you out to the off the beaten track elevated path overlooking beautiful Burwell Fen.  We’re raising funds for our ‘Eyes over the Fen’ project, which will create an accessible elevated hide and higher viewing platform overlooking the historic Sedge Fen.  For details see 

Can you help us with our new community engagement project?  We’re working on a 3 year plan to connect with people in the Wicken Fen Vision area, focusing on recreation, wildlife and landscape, and cultural heritage.  We want to make sure we include the things that matter most to local communities, so please do complete our short survey at

Advance booking is essential for all events at Wicken Fen. Full details and ticketing information can be found on our website:

Common crane pair and chick by Michael Holdsworth.

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