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Home to incredible wildlife

The rich tapestry of different habitats at Wheatfen provide a home for some truly incredible wildlife species including the iconic yellow swallowtail butterfly, elusive Norfolk Hawker dragonfly, unmistakable cuckoo, and more.

Delve in to learn more about our resident species or find out about recent sightings from our warden.

A special place rich in history

Once home to the esteemed naturalist Ted Ellis, Wheatfen is an important reserve that is likely the best-studied area of fenland in the entire world. Ted and his helpers’ careful management of the land, and the meticulous work of generations after them, has ensured that Wheatfen is equally as special today as it was over 70 years ago.

Take a step back in time and learn more about the reserve or find out about the Ted Ellis Trust’s role in managing it today.

Latest news and sightings

The most recent news articles and wildlife sightings from Wheatfen Nature Reserve.

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Past Events

A brilliant Bat Evening at Wheatfen

Its eerie light reflected down to cast a ghostly atmosphere over a subdued fen. A light breeze caused the silhouettes of Willows and Alders to sway…
garden tiger moth by ann kerridge
Past Events

Successful Moth Evening attracts over 70 species

“Don’t’ worry, the wind is definitely going to die down by this evening.” I am unsure how many times I said this on the Saturday…

Eccentric naturalists and their search for the holy grail

For decades, countless eccentric naturalists have explored the many acres of Wheatfen Nature Reserve. Like any hobbyist group, naturalists come in all shapes and sizes,…