Oak Tree Fen

With the generous help of the Heritage Lottery Fund in December 2015, the LOHP was able to purchase the final piece in the jigsaw of seven sites that now cover the area formerly occupied by Thelnetham Fen. 

Oak Tree Fen, Thelnetham © A. Rivett

With the generous help of the Heritage Lottery Fund in December 2015, the LOHP was able to purchase the final piece in the jigsaw of seven sites that now cover the area formerly occupied by Thelnetham Fen. 

The new land lies between Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Thelnetham Middle Fen nature reserve to the west and LOHP Webbs Fen to the east. LOHP Bleyswyck Bank separates it from the river Little Ouse to the north.  It comprises two small, wet meadows, an old green lane lined in places by ancient coppiced hazels, and wet woodland. During 2016 we will be surveying the soils and wildlife of the new area and considering how best to manage it to enhance its value for wildlife and particularly for species that rely on fen habitats. The larger of the two meadows is agriculturally improved; it is mostly rye-grass and lacks wildflowers and the many species that depend on them. This will be a particularly interesting challenging area to restore for fen wildlife.

Access 

Access through the new site is currently along the green lane from Loggers Lane, Thelnetham. The path turns West into Thelnetham Middle Fen, where a boardwalk and kissing gate give access to LOHP Parkers Piece and an extensive network of paths through the Little Ouse Fens.

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