Archive for November 11th, 2012

Nature Ramble

What’s a fen then?

The average city dweller wouldn’t know what a fen was.

So that’s what we are up to this week.

Basically, a fen is a neutral or alkaline wetland, whereas a bog is acidic.

By nature fens are important because they host a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Fens are rare wildlife ‘hotspot’, a new report finds

Ouse Washes is a Special Area of Conservation

The Fens are home to 25% of Britain’s rarest wildlife and 13 globally rare species, according to a new report.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia studied over one million records collected by scientists and amateur enthusiasts that date back to 1670.

The Fens Biodiversity Audit details evidence of 13,474 species of plants, insects, birds, fish and mammals.

The area covered 3,800 km sq, spanning the Fenlands of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

The predatory great raft spider – an East Anglian speciality

Christopher Panter, an ecologist from the school of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and one of the authors of the audit, commented: “One of the most surprising things was that, despite it being a very large area, most of the area was previously unrecorded.”

 

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