Wildlife Training Workshops: Fenland Plants with Owen Mountford
About the event
The Fenland basin, between Cambridge and Lincoln and from Peterborough to King's Lynn was once a great wetland complex with water, swamps, wet woodlands and locally bogs, as well as true fen - a mire on neutral or base-rich peat. Now the remnants of this wet wonderland are confined to a few great nature reserves, or sparingly in old pits and within the drains and their banks that dissect the farmed landscape, Woodwalton Fen is amongst the best sites to get an understanding of what the original Fenland might have been lie, and there are many plant species which are now largely confined to places like Woodwalton within Fenland.
This course will focus on understanding the different plant communities that comprise (semi-) natural fens, the species that make up these communities and the factors, such as water-regime and management, that shape the patterns. Much of the time will be spent on the old fen at Woodwalton, getting to know the key species, some of the specialities and the impact of historical exploitation and modern conservation action. We will also have talks that introduce fens and Fenland and give an insight into the old nature reserve and the re-created habitats of the Great Fen. At the end of the course, participants should recognise a range of Fenland plants and have an understanding of how this dynamic landscape and its habitats are interrelated.