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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.


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,…
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Past Events

World Swallowtail Day at Wheatfen

There are a handful of days throughout the working year when everything seems to click into place.  On such rare days, luck is with you…
Recent Sightings

Butterflies through the seasons at Wheatfen

The seasons at Wheatfen bring variety with all sorts of flora and fauna, including butterflies. There's been over 20 different species recorded at the reserve,…