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The Great Fen

Listen to Henry Stanier from the Wildlife Trust talk about fenlands and the Great Fen, one of the largest restoration projects of its type in Europe.

  • 23rd June 2024 - 23rd June 2024
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this talk, you will get the latest update on the Great Fen from Monitoring & Research Officer, Henry Stanier. It’s an opportunity to learn more about conservation work in the extensive fenland landscape between Peterborough and Huntingdon. The Great Fen is home to two National Nature Reserves, protected for the threatened wildlife habitats they sustain. It’s a story about a ‘big idea’, about partnerships, and the resulting landscape-scale changes, as well as successful wildlife colonisation. The presentation will be illustrated with wildlife photos and video clips from the Fen, as well as aerial views from of the Great Fen drone.

Henry is the Wildlife Trust’s Monitoring and Research Officer at the Great Fen, with responsibility to design and deliver a full programme of monitoring and research, the results of which are used to steer future management. This includes training volunteers and staff in ecological survey skills. Henry regularly leads a variety of Wildlife Training Workshops for the Trust, benefiting from his many years spent studying the local flora and fauna. He has particular interests in amphibians, bats, dragonflies and dormice, as well as being a bird ringer. He has been with the Trust for over 23 years, 8 of which have been spent exclusively at the Great Fen.

Event information

Admission is £5 per person (children and adults). The price does not include Garden admission.
The talk will take place in the Botanic Garden classroom. Please arrive through the Brookside Bike Park.
The talk will last approximately one hour plus Q&A.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Bookings will close at 2pm the day before the talk.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Nature Festival.


  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet

Did you know?

One of Cambridge University’s most famous traditions is May Week, which actually takes place in early June. Heralding the end of the academic year, it’s a time when students enjoy lavish balls and garden parties before dispersing for the summer.