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Cuckoo Roger Fay
norfolk hawker phil corley

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.

coal tit by Rodger Goodrick
Past Events

Exploring the wonderful world of bird ringing

It's 5am on Sunday morning; the day of the Wheatfen Bird Ringing demonstration, and an unhealthily early start on what used to be called the…
fieldfare
Past Events

A Winter Walk with the Warden

The day of the Wheatfen Winter Walk had crept up on me fast. With there being so much to do around the fen this time…
fungus by ann kerridge
Past Events

Fungi fun during annual Wheatfen foray

Hairy Nuts Disco – now that's a phrase which could refer to all manner of shenanigans; let your mind run wild. Poisonpie, Deceiver, Scurfy Twiglet…