Sunday, 15 September 2013

Woodland Tidy

Today was the first working party at the Gutterbridge Plantation, the woodland by Swaffham Bulbeck that will be leased to the Parish Council of Swaffham Bulbeck as a community woodland. In the meantime, while all the lease paperwork gets sorted we had a first opportunity for people from the village to come out and get hands on with practical tasks at the site.

 As it has been un-managed for a number of years there is plenty to do in the woodland. We decided the best place to start was by creating a glade, clearing an ear to allow some light in and removing the Ivy cover. There were lots of volunteers form the village and it only took an hour so before we were making progress. 

The working parties will be a monthly event to keep on top of the management tasks.


Lois Baker
Community Ranger
Wicken Fen 

Friday, 6 September 2013


The National Trust walking festival kicked off for the third year running on Sunday. To celebrate we invited some families who write blogs of their activities to come to Wicken Fen for the day to find out more about the Great British Walk and Wicken Fen. 

We had a fun morning, I gave a guided walk to the Butterfly Trail, our 'secret walk' for the festival, a place on the fen you can only access by foot. We were following in the footsteps of Victorian Entomologists who used to come out to the fen to hunt for insects, with butterfly nets and moth traps to 'Catch 'em All'. They realised how important Wicken was for wildlife and purchased areas of land which they later sole to the National Trust in 1899, making Wicken the National Trust's first nature reserve. When we got to the plantation we got hands having a go at bug hunting ourselves with sweep nets and a butterfly net. 

The afternoon was a chance for families to have a go at Pond Dipping, Geocaching and take a ride on the Boat....

To find out more about the Walkign Festival which is taking place at NT properties across the country visit

Community Ranger
Wicken Fen