During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still open, but there are a few changes to how we normally operate:
- When inside a building- the Visitor Centre, accessible toilet or Mere Hide, you must wear a mask unless exempt from needing to.
- Inside our Visitor Centre there is a one-way system where one visiting group (up to six people, unless exempt) are allowed inside at once- if you can see people you aren't visiting with inside, please wait at the front entrance for them to pass through.
- We have regularly placed hand-sanitising points, at the toilet, the front of the Visitor Centre and at Mere Hide; please use these freely.
- We are serving our usual refreshments, but only in takeaway format and there is no indoor seating available at the Visitor Centre, however there are lots of benches and picnic tables scattered outside.
Thank you for your co-operation with these changes; it helps us keep our volunteers, staff and visitors safe and allows us to continue to keep the reserve open to the public during the pandemic.
At Lakenheath Fen, the RSPB purchased an area of intensively-farmed arable land in 1995 and begun converting it into a large wetland, consisting mainly of reedbeds and grazing marshes. This iwas primarily to attract bitterns to breed here, which were close to extinction in the UK at the time. 25 years on and not only does the reserve support a healthy bittern population, but also plenty of bearded tits, marsh harriers, hobbies in the summer and even two pairs of breeding common cranes. We also have a wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies and moths here in the summer, a whooper swan roost in the winter months and occasionally have Bewick's swans, short-eared owl, merlin and hen harrier also, if we are lucky!
There are four different trails you can walk, and the reserve is approximately 3 miles long from east to west with 1.5 of those miles walkable via trails which take in a wide variety of habitat and wildlife. We have one bird hide, four viewpoints, two shelters, many benches and two bird-feeding points including one at a photography station which is an excellent spot for getting close to wildlife. Keep up to date with our latest sightings and developments via our online blog: https://community.rspb.org.uk/placestovisit/lakenheathfen/b/lakenheathfen-blog or via Facebook (RSPB Lakenheath Fen) or Twitter (@RSPBLakenheath).
We have a Visitor Centre where it is advisable you start your visit, and here you can find out about our latest sightings, tell us what you have seen and also order takeaway refreshments (hot and cold drinks, pre-packed snacks and in spring and summer, locally-made ice creams.
Please contact us for more information or visit our webpage on the RSPB website: https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/lakenheath-fen/