Wednesday, 24 September 2014

If you go down to the woods today...

This autumn our team of family adventure guides are putting together a range of things for little ones. We have created a sensory trail for the under 5’s at the start of the woodland path. Spot the handprints, see what your senses can discover, sort your finds on the nature table and have a go at weaving some wonderful creations!

Have a go at weaving

Spot the handprints

We’re still developing our offer for little ones so if you have any ideas then do email

Sophie Atkinson
Anglesey Abbey
Family Volunteering Project Co-ordinator and Community Engagement Assistant

Monday, 15 September 2014

Discover more at the Discovery Cabin

The Discovery Cabin

Thanks to the hard work of our family adventure guides, the discovery cabin has had a well-earned revamp. The nature station has had a tidy and we welcome more great nature finds for our display and drawers. So keep on the lookout for eggshells, seeds and any other exciting nature discoveries you would like to share! And why not pop in to try one of our activities sheets or have a look at Nature Club resource pack for ideas to make your day extra special?!

The Nature Station

If you have any suggestions for ways we can improve the Discovery Cabin further as a space for families to enjoy, then do drop me an email at We always like to hear what you think!

Sophie Atkinson
Family Volunteering Project Co-ordinator and
Community Engagement Assistant.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Have a browse....

Walk on the Wild Side available to browse in the Discovery Cabin

Wild Art on the Inspiration Station

Take a look at our Nature Club resource pack in the flesh! It’s brimming with fabulous ideas of ways your family and friends can get outdoors and enjoy nature. Copies of ‘Wild Art’ and ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ are available on the Inspiration Station and the Discovery Cabin for you to have a browse.

After you’ve had a look, do pop them back and download your own copy for free via our website or blog:

Please send us your feedback and experiences. It would be great to see which activities you get up to!

Sophie Atkinson
Family Volunteering Project Co-ordinator and
Community Engagement Assistant
Anglesey Abbey

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A Summer of Fun at the Fen


I has been a while since ther has been a Wicken Fen post, apologies. The summer has been a busy time with lots of fun activities to lead and it's all hands on deck with different  things across the property!

It started with lots of Fetes and fairs in local villages to talk to people about the vision project and what we are up to at the moment. 

Then the summer holidays arrived and families have been enjoying themselves at our summer holiday events lead by the learning team which ave been very popular, from fairies to mud. We have had our Family Adventure guide families volunteering to help other families enjoy there visit to the fen which has been great.  We had a bat and moth evening to look for the Fens nocturnal wildlife and some family camp outs at the wild campsite, with marshmallows, story telling and star gazing.

I had a few enjoyable days helping out with driving the Wicken Fen boat for our visitors, I am back up cover for when the usual team are on holiday and I had some sunny days with good views of Marsh harriers and terns diving in front of the boat.

We had a stand at Scotsdales Garden Centre Fun Day to give lots of families a fifty things scrapbook and encourage them to take on the challenge. 

A team of Students from Cambridge university were helping out with summer activities and they lead a great willow weaving session with students  - Sophie has blogged about this separately

I also help out the ranger team which has involved helping with some animal movements of our Konik Ponies and Highland cattle, and lots of strimming and mowing of the Lodes Way cycle path to keep it accessible for cyclists and looking neat and tidy. I always enjoy seeing how many people are using it when I'm out and about. 

Coming up in Autumn we have the National Trust Walking Festival, the Cambridge Student Society will be back at University, the Gutterbridge Community woodland lease has been signed and we have a Community Liaison Forum meeting so look out for updates on all of these. 


Community Ranger
Wicken Fen