Trip reports

Short report on our coach trip to Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

Short report on our coach trip to Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
Ruddy darter by Czech Conroy

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Around 30 of us braved the blistering July heat on Saturday 21st for our coach trip to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve).

Indeed the heat was so intense that some of us spent at least a good chunk of the afternoon sitting in the shade near the café. As well as enjoying some refreshing ice-creams we were mesmerised by the clouds of house martins and swallows cycling overhead. Other members of the group took advantage of the NT's boat trips along the nearby river, which allowed for great views of various dragon and damsel flies.

Those that persevered despite the heat were treated to amazing views of a juvenile cuckoo, as well as the normal complement of warblers and marsh harriers hunting over the fen. At least one lucky member of the group also heard a turtle dove (now-a-days an all too rare occurrence).

In total we saw well over fifty bird species, which given the conditions was quite an achievement plus 13 dragon/damsel-fly species and numerous butterflies.