Fen Drayton

Fen Drayton Lakes began life as a flooded sand and gravel quarry next to riverside meadows.


Aside the River Great Ouse

“Fen Drayton Lakes stands at one end of a string of wetlands and fens that runs for 25 miles (40km) along the Great Ouse floodplain. It’s made up of a variety of habitats – 46 per cent open water/wetland, 43 per cent grassland and 9 per cent scrub/woodland.”

It is planned that the reserve will become part of a much larger wetland area along the River Great Ouse linking to the Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project at Needingworth Quarry that should become Britain’s largest reed bed within the next 30 years.This will then connect to reserves at Ouse Washes and Welney north of Earith. The Ouse Washes are managed by the RSPB and Welney is run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Blue Tit

Fen Drayton