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Rare birds released on the Fens in 'conservation first' for the UK

14 June 2017 09:13

Unfortunately, your broswer does not support playing videos. Please use a different browser. 25 rare black-tailed godwits were released into their new home in the Cambridgeshire Fens yesterday by conservationists from RSPB and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) as part of 'Project Godwit'. After the eggs were removed from nests and hatched in incubators, staff at WWT Welney Wetland Centre hand-reared the young birds until they were old enough to look after themselves. It's the first time the conservation technique, known as 'headstarting', has been used in the UK. On BBC Springwatch last week, Chri...

New information board for Peckover House and Garden, Wisbech

14 February 2017 14:57

A new sign at the entrance to Chapel Lane car park should begin to help lead new visitors to Wisbech and Peckover House in the right direction. People visiting Wisbech for the first time don’t always have the easiest of times in finding their way around, but the sign, set in the newly landscaped Welcome Border at the entrance to the car park, should make life a lot easier. Not only does it give directions to Peckover, but information on its history too and with the new, attractive garden border, gives newcomers an ea...

FREE workshops lined up, on: Tourism promotion of the Ouse Washes Landscape

05 December 2016 14:52

Organised by the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership; made possible with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Target audience: all businesses, organisations and individuals working in the tourism or tourism-related businesses (in widest sense) in and around the area: Tue 13 Dec (AM) at St Ives; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ouse-washes-landscape-tourism-promotion-workshop-st-ives-tickets-29639861624 Mon 16 Jan (AM) in Ely – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ouse-washes-landscape-tourism-promotion-workshop-ely-tickets-29639965936 ...

Could you write a poem for Fenland?

28 November 2016 14:48

Are you inspired by the wild beauty of the Fens? Would you like to be the poetic voice of Fenland? ADeC, Fen Speak, and Atelier East are proud to announce the Fenland Poet Laureate poetry competition for 2017! This is a chance for writers from across the Fens to come together, share their poetry and help put Fenland on the creative map! And best of all, it's free to enter the competition! The competition organisers are looking for poems that represent and relate to theme 'Fenland'. The subject ...

East Anglian Farmer takes top wetland award

18 November 2016 14:49

L-R: Aerial view of pond at Manor Farm CREDIT WWT, Richard Waddingham & Martin Spray CREDIT WWT, WWT’s Hannah Robson with Richard Waddingham CREDIT WWT. A farmer hailed as ‘a conservation stalwart of the very best kind’ has been honoured with a national award for wetland creation. Richard Waddingham from East Anglia accepted the Marsh Award for Wetland Conservation at the AGM of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). The award, run in partnership by the Marsh Christian Trust and the WWT, honours exceptional individual ...

Walk with Us Along the River Nene into March Town

28 October 2016 15:02

Original article from Retro Brit The autumn is coming and the leaves are falling down as we walk the river into town. Everyone likes to go to shops via the river bank because it takes you to the complete centre of the hamlet where the road bridge passes over the river. Suddenly there is the hustle and bustle of the town's traffic and then quite again, once we cross the road and carry on along the river and out of the other side of March town. There are...

Is it for Thatching?

30 August 2016 14:54

“No, it’s for floor matting and basketry”, is the honest and very simple answer to the question shouted above the chuffing of barges and long boats as they push along the Great Ouse every summer. We were in fact harvesting ‘Scirpus Lacustris’, or as it is otherwise known fresh water English bulrush. Found in rivers and flood basins in only a few places of the UK it is harvested by hand, from a punt for a selection of crafts and products. Thatching is made from Norfolk Reed, and actually both plants would be equally poor at their job in place of the other. Rush is woven and generally manipulated into a ...

Mark Buckton Story

17 August 2016 14:56

Well I’ve had a little help this week! Councillor Buckton is not only developing into a great cyclist – although he still believes he’s a byclist, not yet making that last confidence leap in his head – he’s also a very good poet!! Here’s what he wrote whilst on a training ride this week. Take a look then we’ll revisit progress so far. The ballad of the Forty Foot ...