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

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