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Celebrating Lakenheath Fen

PUBLISHED: 09:22 02 October 2009 | UPDATED: 21:42 07 July 2010

FOURTEEN years ago the carrot fields of Lakenheath Fen were transformed into a wetland haven for wildlife.

FOURTEEN years ago the carrot fields of Lakenheath Fen were transformed into a wetland haven for wildlife.

To mark the anniversary of the creation of the RSPB reserve, a special talk will be held on how it came about and the recent developments.

Rebecca Pitman, information officer at Lakenheath Fen said: “The RSPB never imagined the reserve would end up attracting such a diversity of rare wildlife.

“In 2007, common cranes returned to the Fen after an absence of 400 years and successfully reared young for the first time this year.

“The bittern, one of Britain's rarer breeding birds, also bred on the reserve this year for the first time. Lakenheath Fen is also likely to be the last breeding site in Britain for the beautiful but elusive golden oriole.

“The creation of the reserve has turned out to be a fantastic conservation success story.”

The talk, 14 Years on the Reserve, will be held at the visitor centre on Sunday, October 11, between 11am and 12.30pm.

Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children, while RSPB members pay half price. Booking is essential.


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