Fen Drayton Lakes

Fen Drayton Lakes

Fen Drayton Lakes
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Fen Drayton Lakes

  • Important information: Car park and facilities closed Monday 2 April

    Unfortunately, the car park and facilities are closed today due to the recent rainfall and high water levels. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. Hopefully, the water levels will drop soon!
  • Easter Willow weaving workshop Sunday 25 March, 10am-4pm

    Good afternoon. Are you looking for an unusual gift for a loved one this Easter? If you are, then read on: On Sunday 25 March, 10am-4pm, we have an Easter willow weaving workshop. Reserve volunteer Alan will be leading the workshop and he will show you how to weave your own Easter basket out of willow harvested at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes. No previous experience is required, just the enthusiasm to learn! The event will take place at Over Village Hall, which is situated close to the reserve. Materials and tools will be provided and hot drinks will be available throughout the event. The cost is Adults £25 (non-members), Adults £20 (RSPB members). Booking is essential and places are limited. To book your place, please ring: 01954 233260 or e-mail: fendryatonlakes@rspb.org,uk; We hope to hear from you soon and see you on the day
  • High water everywhere

    Over the Christmas and New Year period we experienced a moderate flood on the reserve. The reserve acts as a flood reservoir, protecting local villages from the sheer volume of water which enters the great Ouse. The flooding caused some sections of the reserve to be closed, with access to the hide requiring chest waders.

    Approach to the hide

    Moore Lake with islands completely submerged

    Although the flooding was detrimental to reserve access, it does have ecological benefits. The breeding wader islands at Moore Lake have been completely underwater for at least two weeks and this will hopefully knock back and suppress the vegetation which had already started to grow. Ferry lagoon has also benefitted from increased water levels. The lowest areas on Ferry mere have gone completely underwater, which will benefit flood plain plants such as mudwort and grass-poly, whilst also providing areas for feeding waders such as Lapwing as the water levels draw down towards the spring. Moreover, the numbers of wigeon on the reserve have soared and peaked at around 3000, whilst we have been holding increased numbers of lapwing, with this resulting in the local peregrine putting on some fine shows of aerial acrobatics.

    Ferry mere partially flooded

    Fortunately the water levels across the site have been falling rapidly and all trails are now open. Wellies are definitely recommended as the paths are very muddy in places.However, don’t let that stop you popping down to see what is about, there is always plenty to see at the lakes and recent sightings have included Slavonian grebe, marsh harrier and bittern.