Ecological and physical surveys conducted at Kester’s Docking (Cambridgeshire) as part of The Great Fen Project
WWT Consulting has been employed by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust to create a matrix of habitats where water levels and topography combine and result into a varied environment consisting of reedbed, open water, and wet and dry grassland. It is expected that this landscape will develop naturally following the establishment phase, and be managed in a low input and sustainable way in future.
Gareth, Mike, James, Robbie and Bea headed to sunny Cambridgeshire to carry out a series of soil surveys, habitat assessment and topographical surveys in order to help characterize the area of study and compile reliable data that will be used to inform the habitat design process. After three intense days of fieldwork, including merciless rain, strong winds, feisty cattle…and electric fences!, the team returned with an extensive dataset that is now being processed and analysed.
The Great Fen Project is a landscape scale wetland creation project situated between Peterborough and Huntingdon, supported by The Environment Agency and Natural England. The project area covers 3700ha including Holme and Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserves. The Wildlife Trust has to date acquired 57% of the project area, and a phased restoration of 740ha of arable land to wet grassland, reedbed and fen which began in 2009.