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Lakenheath Fen RSPB Reserve

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Lakenheath Fen RSPB Reserve

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Gleb wrote a review Nov 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom23 contributions
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This is an excellent nature-watching site. Very friendly staff, very well managed reserve, great views and gives fantastic opportunities to see interesting birds. Over the years visiting this place and my last visit in January 2020 I observed: Montagu's harrier Hen herrier Peregrine Kestrel Buzzard Common crane Whooper swan Great Bittern Barn owl Cuckoo Red-footed falcon Hobby falcon Marsh harrier This is a particularly good location for barn owls which can be seen near the visitor center at dusk, and for bitterns, which need luck to be seen, but in the summer they get all over the place. In short, a wonderful experience! The pictures included are from my last visit only- January 2020.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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val r wrote a review Oct 2020
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom56 contributions85 helpful votes
We visited Lakenheath rspb today, excellent day saw hobbies, great white egrets, buzzards and kestrels. As we were leaving we went to seated area opposite the washland viewpoint there was a kestrel hovering, many gulls, ducks, terns and many geese. Within a few minutes five people entered the area between the river little Ouse and the wash pools they were dressed in camo gear, had dogs and guns The geese were raised by one of the men and flew towards the rspb grounds literally a few yards away the other men raised their shot guns and blasted into the flock, we jumped up and waved and shouted diverting the geese to fly higher and two snipe also made their escape, lucky none fell. If any were injured they would be in the rspb reserve. Two ducks however were not so lucky, shot to death by the laughing gunmen, who threw their bodies at their dogs, showing no respect for the birds. We were straight on the phone the rspb centres manager he just shrugged off our report saying there was nothing he could do. It was all legal practice. There is no monitoring of these gunmen, who knows what species they are killing. We did see the kestrel or hobby that were both hunting very close to the shooters area. This is barbaric activity is occurring literally yards from the reserve boundary which we stood. We were probably legally too close to be have to experience gun fire, the birds being shot at above our heads. So it seems the invite is to visit Lakenheath rspb watch the birds and then see them blasted out of the sky to their deaths! What kind of world do we live in? Royal Society for the Protection of Birds??
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from EmmaC6122, Manager at Lakenheath Fen RSPB Reserve
Responded Oct 6, 2020
Thank you for your review of Lakenheath Fen. I am sorry that your enjoyment of the hobbys, egrets and kestrels earlier in the day was disturbed by the wildfowling occurring on the north side of the river. The land you saw the activity taking place on, the Hockwold Washes, is private land and outside of our control as a charity. Shooting certain ducks and geese is a legal activity and maybe undertaken in England between 1st September and 31st January – nonetheless, the RSPB has spoken to the landowners responsible for the monitoring and has no reason to believe that the wildfowlers are not complying with the law – everyone shooting is required to have a shotgun licence, insurance and use non-lead shot in compliance with the law. If you wish to visit us again and would prefer to stay away from the wildfowling site, then we’d recommend exploring some of our other trails away from the river bank. Alternatively, you can visit us on a Sunday when no wildfowling is permitted in Norfolk or visit us outside the shooting season. We hope to see you again. Kind regards, David Rogers Site Manager
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auntieshaz21 wrote a review Sep 2020
Lanton, France644 contributions267 helpful votes
An enjoyable walk along the dig over looking the wetlands with waders and ducks. The day we visited, wasn't teaming with our two legged feathered friends but worth the visit.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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cliff d wrote a review Jul 2020
Ipswich, United Kingdom500 contributions116 helpful votes
Love this place, was great to be able to visit again even with a few restrictions. Yes it's a long walk to the end of the reserve but the reward is seeing bittern, cranes, bearded tits, cuckoo etc. Take a snack and waterproof as there is nowhere to shelter if it rains.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Phil W wrote a review Feb 2020
Ipswich, United Kingdom68 contributions37 helpful votes
I always visit her a number of times in a year and have done so for many years even before it turned int such a fine wildlife refuge! Great birds such as Crane, Bittern, warblers and raptors and wonderful fenland landscapes with huge skies. Much of the reserve was once arable land and has been turned into superb habitat by the RSPB in a relatively short time.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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