A good walk: Wicken Fen and Reach Lode, Cambridgeshire

Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

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A good walk: Wicken Fen and Reach Lode, Cambridgeshire

Christopher Somerville

Published at 12:01AM, June 20 2015

A cuckoo was calling, faint and far, across Wicken Fen National Nature
Reserve. Unlike the rest of these Cambridgeshire flatlands, Wicken Fen has
never been drained for agriculture. Under the National Trust�s expert care
for the past 100 years, it remains a juicy, sodden, teeming green jungle,
supporting wildlife that has died out or greatly diminished everywhere else.

In front of one hide, greenfinches cavorted, vivid in their spring jackets of
intense green; from another we watched a beautiful chocolate and red marsh
harrier swooping and quartering the reedbeds on long, feather-fingered
wings. Then we set out to follow a

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