PAB members were invited to a special day at Great Fen Nature Reserve on Wednesday 10th May to help connect people to nature and to celebrate some of the work that is being done to make the reserve more accessible to all users. The Great Fen is a 50-year project to create a huge wetland area between Peterborough and Huntingdon.

Our members and sighted guides spent a delightful day at the Great Fen. We arrived at the education centre soon after 11 and were met by 4 staff who welcomed us with cake and coffee. They provided wheelchairs where necessary, including a 4 wheel, all terrain buggy which they steered around the site for two hours.

We heard about the history of the Great Fen and then went out to explore with a guide. We looked at different trees, saw some amazing potato like infestations on them and pond dipped. Magnifiers were provided by the Great Fen team and were a real hit – perfect for inspecting the lichen on tree branches.

We saw coots with their babies and swans turning their eggs in the nest. As if that wasn’t enough we ended the day with tea and cake and potted up plants to take home for the garden. We can’t wait to go back again next year but in the meantime staff have arranged to visit us in November and bring a range of activities for us to do together. Please click here to see more pictures of the day on our gallery page.

Thanks again to all the wonderful team at the Fen who looked after us so well.