Banner photo: Martin Redding

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Welcome to the Fens Biosphere website. This website will tell you about the journey we are undertaking to gain Biosphere Reserve status for the fens in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area. It also aims to celebrate all that is unique and great about this area.

The Fens Biosphere project: is part of a larger project called Water Works. Water Works is a partnership between the Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire; Cambridgeshire ACRE, The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of East London and is funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund: a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

This short film explains what the Water Works project will do:

The Water Works project aims to look at ways to develop a more sustainable future for fenland resources – its soil, water and people. It will do this by trialing new farming methods designed to protect our precious peat soils and water resources, by using new science and technology to develop and monitor these techniques and by applying for UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status to support and unite people to create a thriving fenland economy and countryside

For more information about the exciting wet farming techniques being piloted at the Great Fen as part of this project please visit either the Wildlife Trust BCN page here or the Wildlife Trust BCN Great Fen website here