Valley Fens Living Landscape

Round leaved sundew by Mike TaylorRound leaved sundew by Mike Taylor

The headwaters of the Little Ouse and Waveney valleys hold some of the UK’s most precious fens, including Redgrave & Lopham Fen – the largest valley fen in England.

Internationally important for rarities such as sundew, bogbean, grass of Parnassus and great raft spider, the fens also support significant populations of declining bird species, such as reed bunting, and good numbers of water vole.

Small wetlands are vulnerable to the impact of outside influences, especially changing water levels. A landscape-scale approach will secure the hydrology of fenland sites and ensure they survive for future generations to enjoy.

Land purchases to enlarge and buffer sites are an important goal here. Legacy gifts to the Trust are kept separate from our day-to-day finances to enable us to plan for this. For example, a gift in the Will of David Feavearyear enabled us to buy more of the SSSI and double the size of Market Weston Fen nature reserve.