The Great Fen's education and community work is based at the The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre in Ramsey Heights. Here you are in the heart of the Great Fen at an ideal place for a short walk through ponds, reedbeds, meadows and trees, with plenty of wildlife and fen heritage to explore.

Local Wildlife

Credit Matt Walton

 

The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre at Ramsey Heights is right on the doorstep to wildlife such as the Great Crested Newt and the Scarce Chaser Dragonfly.

It is an excellent place to see water birds from the bird hide. You may also catch a glimpse of a stunning Red Kite (Photo right by Matt Walton). In summer you can see and hear Willow, Garden, Sedge and Reed Warblers, while in winter there are Redwings and Fieldfares and visiting Short-eared Owls. For more information on species found at the Great Fen please click here.

Countryside Centre at Ramsey Heights

The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre is a wonderful place to explore the inter-connected worlds of plants, animals and fenland heritage. The indoor centre is used for events and school visits only (office hours are usually Monday-Friday, 8.30 - 4.30pm and at weekends 10.00 - 3.00pm) toilets are also available during these times. The Centre is a converted Victorian brickworks, with the fascinating brick kiln still visible through windows. The surrounding nature reserve is free to visit at any time, throughout the year. Dogs on a lead are welcome at this reserve. 

Activities for Schools

The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre Ramsey Heights is the home of education for the Great Fen. We offer a range of quality experiences to schools wishing to visit our 10 acre site set in the heart of the Fens. The Great Fen Education team provides exciting, innovative and enjoyable programmes of study catering for all ages and abilities.

Our programmes are specially designed for:

Early Years / Reception (From Acorns to Oaks)
Key Stage 1 (Newton's Explorers)
Key Stage 2 (Wildlife Investigators)

 

Designed closely with teachers, for teachers
Linked closely to the National Curriculum


Benefits of outdoor learning:

  • A healthy and happy body and mind
  • A sociable, confident person
  • A self-directed and creative learner
  • An effective contributor
  • An active global citizen
  • Encourages creative development
  • Encourages a respect and understanding for the environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walks & Talks

The Great Fen Local Group organise monthly talks covering a wide range of wildlife and heritage topics, held at the Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre. As well as rambles exploring stunning areas in and around the Great Fen.

The Great Fen Team also run talks on request for a range of organisations covering updates on the Great Fen and showing a Fen Memories film. 

For more information please email info@greatfen.org.uk 

History & Reminiscence 

The Great Fen has a rich heritage both socially and physically and the Great Fen Heritage Group are involve in a range of activites including recording local people's stories and memories, running stands at local fetes and fairs as well as talks in the local community. Some heritage group members come to our regular meetings and others help by researching from home.

The Group also brings together both experienced and budding archaeologists who are interested in the great opportunities to explore beneath the surface on the Great Fen area. Working with Jigsaw Cambridgeshire projects have included field walking, research, artefact identifications and excavations.

We run reminicence visits throughout the year with a wide range of memory boxes covering many different life topics and our team spend 1-2 hours talking with the group, handing around objects and encouraging them to discuss their life stories.We also have a 40 minute 'Memories from the Fens' film which can be shown on request. It was filmed in partnership with a local college with interviews with local residents and re-enactments of memories of fen life.

If you are interested in any of the heritage groups or reminiscence sessions please email Lauren at lauren.stonebridge@wildlifebcn.org

Get involved

Volunteers are so valuable to the work of The Wildlife Trust and the Great Fen wouldn't exist without them. Why not get involved and meet interesting people, learn useful skills and get great satisfaction from helping a nationally important project for wildlife, heritage and people.

However you can help, whether it's digging and raking, making tea, counting birds, pond dipping with children, media work in the office or taking photographs, a little time from you can make a world of difference. There's things you do on your own or things best done in a group. There's jobs indoors and jobs in the fresh air.

For more details please contact the Great Fen community team at info@greatfen.org.uk or call 01487 710420.