The Great Fen Project in the UK.

Photo: Fen sunrise, Cambridgeshire, by Paul Biggins of Peterborough.

Of Britain’s fenlands (peat areas) 99.9% of them have been wiped out over the centuries for grazing and agriculture. In the 21st century the UK has finally realised that reversing this trend might be better than going for ground zero.

‘The Great Fen project will restore over 3,000 hectares of farmland situated between Huntingdon and Peterborough to fenland wildlife habitat.

This will be achieved by connecting and enlarging, two existing vitally important National Nature Reserves. The project will combine nature conservation, tourism, education and local access.

This is a partnership project run by the Environment Agency, Huntingdonshire District Council, Natural England and the Wildlife Trust.’

Visit their website for more on this fenland expansion project.

Their leaflet (pdf).

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