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Fulbourn Fen

Ancient grassland, bursting with flowers and insects

The old meadows here have never been intensively farmed, so they have kept the high diversity of plants and insects which traditional farming techniques produced. Six species of orchid have been recorded in the varied grassland lying over complex geology and archaeology, while the woods shelter the reserve and harbour birds and fungi.

The sweeping boughs of two magnificent oaks greet the visitor entering Ox Meadow, where cowslips carpet the ground in spring. This is the driest meadow and the chalky soil supports calcareous grassland. In East Fen, the wettest meadow, hundreds of marsh orchids bloom in early summer. The dry meadows are grazed with sheep and cattle. Please keep all dogs in the meadows on a lead.


 

This nature reserve is part of the Cambridgeshire Chalk Living Landscape.

 

 

Nearby nature reserves

Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits
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Trumpington Meadows
5 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Location
Fulborn 6 miles from
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 526 557
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Opening Times
Daylight hours only
Size
31.00 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
Cambridgeshire Chalk
Parking
Car park at end of Stonebridge Lane
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org