Wicken Fen

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Wicken Fen is a 254.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Wicken in Cambridgeshire.wikipedia
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Wicken, Cambridgeshire

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Wicken Fen is a 254.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Wicken in Cambridgeshire.
It is the site of Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.

National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

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A large part of it is owned and managed by the National Trust.
Country Houses and Estates still make up a significant part of its holdings, but it is also known for its protection of wild landscapes such as in the Lake District and Peak District, historic urban properties, and nature reserves such as Wicken Fen.

Fenland SAC

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It is protected by international designations as a Ramsar wetland site of international importance, and part of the Fenland Special Area of Conservation under the Habitats Directive.

Charles Rothschild

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The first parcel of land for the reserve was donated to the Trust by Charles Rothschild in 1901.
Today Rothschild is regarded as a pioneer of nature conservation in Britain, and is credited with establishing the UK's first nature reserve when he bought Wicken Fen, near Ely, in 1899.

Stretham Old Engine

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The nearby museums, Stretham Old Engine and Prickwillow Museum tell the story of how windpumps were succeeded by steam engines in the nineteenth century and diesel engines in the twentieth century.
Wicken Fen nature reserve has a preserved and restored windpump which is used to manage the water table in the Fen.

Godwin Plots

One of the world's longest running science experiments, the Godwin Plots, continues at the Fen to this day.
They can be found at Wicken Fen nature reserve, Cambridgeshire, England.

Cambridgeshire Lodes

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The project, originally called the Wicken Fen Spine Route, includes the construction of a series of new bridges over the man-made waterways known as Lodes.
It runs through Wicken Fen, one of the oldest nature reserves in England, as the National Trust bought their first part of it in 1899.

Fen

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Wicken Fen is one of only four wild fens which still survive in the enormous Great Fen Basin area of East Anglia, where 99.9% of the former fens have now been replaced by arable cultivation.

Harry Godwin

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From the 1920s onwards the fathers of modern ecology and conservation, the Cambridge botanists Sir Arthur Tansley and Sir Harry Godwin carried out their pioneering work on the reserve.
He was an early exponent of the study of ecological successions, such as in the fen wetlands at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, where he established the Godwin Plots which can be still seen there today.

The Fens

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The reserve includes fenland, farmland, marsh, and reedbeds.

Prickwillow Museum

Museum of Fen Pumping Engines
The nearby museums, Stretham Old Engine and Prickwillow Museum tell the story of how windpumps were succeeded by steam engines in the nineteenth century and diesel engines in the twentieth century.

Konik

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(Many plants and animals are dependent upon regular management of vegetation in this way to keep their habitats intact.) As part of the management plan for Wicken Fen, Konik ponies and Highland cattle have been introduced to some areas in order to prevent scrub from regrowing.
Following the success of this program, Koniks were also brought to Latvia and to the United Kingdom, where they were placed in Wicken Fen near Cambridge by the National Trust.

Connect2

The total cost of the scheme is £2 million, £600,000 of which are from Sustrans's Connect2 scheme.

National Cycle Route 11

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The new walking, cycle and horse riding route is 9 miles long, and includes a number of minor roads as well as new paths and bridges to link the gap in the existing Sustrans National Cycle Route 11 between Cambridge and Ely.
This section of route 11 had been called the Wicken Fen Vision Spine Route, but in 2011 was named the Lodes Way.

Site of Special Scientific Interest

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Wicken Fen is a 254.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Wicken in Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire

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Wicken Fen is a 254.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Wicken in Cambridgeshire.

National nature reserve

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It is also a National Nature Reserve, and a Nature Conservation Review site.

A Nature Conservation Review

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It is also a National Nature Reserve, and a Nature Conservation Review site.

Ramsar site

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It is protected by international designations as a Ramsar wetland site of international importance, and part of the Fenland Special Area of Conservation under the Habitats Directive.

Special Area of Conservation

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It is protected by international designations as a Ramsar wetland site of international importance, and part of the Fenland Special Area of Conservation under the Habitats Directive.

Habitats Directive

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It is protected by international designations as a Ramsar wetland site of international importance, and part of the Fenland Special Area of Conservation under the Habitats Directive.

Arable land

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The reserve includes fenland, farmland, marsh, and reedbeds.

Marsh

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The reserve includes fenland, farmland, marsh, and reedbeds.

Reed bed

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The reserve includes fenland, farmland, marsh, and reedbeds.

East Anglia

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Wicken Fen is one of only four wild fens which still survive in the enormous Great Fen Basin area of East Anglia, where 99.9% of the former fens have now been replaced by arable cultivation.