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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.

Amblyjoppa proteus
News

The legend of Amblyjoppa

“That’s not the one,” I exclaimed as I glowered at the evil looking insect in the glass jar. “The one we are after is twice as big as that!” Alas,…
grass snake on path
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Grass snakes at Wheatfen

Two outstretched front legs and a small head protruded from its mouth. The light in the prey’s eyes appeared to have faded; it was helpless, caught in the vice like…
Snowdrops by Ann Kerridge
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Spring is just around the corner

A new year, a new lockdown. Outside it’s cold, wet, dark and gloomy. Completing the winter work programme at Wheatfen has become a growing challenge with the recent floods, alongside…