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Catcott Great Fen Restoration Project

 14th Sep 2012

The Catcott Great Fen Restoration Project is an ambitious £100,000 wildlife habitat re-creation project now open to the public. This has transformed former peat diggings to reed bed, open water and fen -­ an important wildlife habitat, once widespread on the Somerset Levels but now scarce. Once established a new bird hide and board walks will give people a chance to enjoy many reed bed birds and the restoration will provide ideal habitat for Cetti’s and reed warbler, water rail and moorhen, bittern, crane, bearded tits and marsh harrier. It will also benefit mammals such as otter and should see the build up of a thriving fish population and good numbers of invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians.

The photographs below show something of what over 60 people enjoyed on guided walks on the reserve on Saturday, 6 September.

Catcott preparation
Catcott open day preparation

Catcott Open Day 2
Reserve Manager Mark Blake sets the scene
Catcott Open Day 3
Off we go

Catcott Open Day 4
Not really lost!
Catcott Open Day 6
Calm waters
Catcott Open Day 6
One of the groups that enjoyed a guided tour

Visit Catcott Nature Reserve 

Visit our Catcott Nature Reserve page for more information and directions.