HOW TO RESTORE A WETLAND LANDSCAPE
Recreating a wetland is ultimately about intervening less. But getting to a stage where the natural assets of a site can develop unfettered means, in many cases, first undoing centuries of management and drainage.
The Great Fen Project in Cambridgeshire is the largest of its kind in Europe. The restoration, spanning 50 years, will create an interconnecting mosaic of valuable habitats including open water, reedbed, wet and dry grassland, bog, heath and carr (damp woodland). It will also massively increase capacity for storing floodwater and carbon, and allow for visitor access and commercial activity such as reed-cutting and grazing of beef cattle. Recreating wetland on such a large scale provides unrivalled potential for managing land for protected species, and unfurls a giant welcome mat for an array of visiting and colonising species.