Moonrise over Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire is one of Britain's oldest nature reserves. The first parcel of land was aquired by the National Trust in 1899. Today it is preserved as an example of wild fenland - an island in the midst of intensively farmed fenland that surrounds it.

 

Wicken Fen has long associations with naturalists and ecologists from Cambridge University. Charles Darwin is known to have collected beetles here in the 1820s, whilst Godwin and Tansley helped establish the science of ecology with research conducted in the Fen a century later. Today, its wetland habitat is popular with bird watcher, but is also important for its invertebrate wildlife, most especially the dragonflies and damselflies.

 

Here Wicken Fen is seen in deep twilight with the rising full moon reflected in Wicken Lode, the main drainage channel that runs through the reserve.

 

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