TF1722 : Willow Tree Fen

taken 3 years ago, near to Guthram Gowt, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Willow Tree Fen
Willow Tree Fen
This is the contrary view to TF1722 : Panorama at Willow Tree Fen, looking roughly northwest.
The fields and visitor centre of the nature reserve are on the left, to the right of the hedge is the working farmland under Pinchbeck Slipe, and on the extreme right we are back to the nature reserve.

This is a 360 degree panorama, you see. The meadow seen in TF1722 : Meadowland appears at both extremities.
Willow Tree Fen :: TF1721
Using land purchased in 2009 the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is seeking to recreate the original undrained wetland of the fens.

The reserve lies to the south of the River Glen, and is crossed along that boundary by the Macmillan way national trail. It is nearly continuous with the Pinchbeck Slipe and Baston Fen reserves, making a continual natural habitat from the A15 to Pinchbeck Bar. The Souther Edge is the pair of drains that form the Counter Drain, and the western end is marked by the old railway bridge that once took the Bourne to Spalding railway across that drain.

There is a small car park at the entrance, but it is possible to drive right through the reserve to the banks of the River Glen, where there is disabled parking and access to a proper visitor centre. Be warned that Counter Drain Road (the method of access to the southern side) is one of the bumpiest in the whole of Lincolnshire.

The official web site is at LinkExternal link and there is another at LinkExternal link
The Fens
The Fens, also known as the Fenland, is a naturally marshy region in eastern England. Most of the fens were drained several centuries ago, resulting in a flat, damp, low-lying agricultural region.
A fen is the local name for an individual area of marshland or former marshland and also designates the type of marsh typical of the area, which has neutral or alkaline water chemistry and relatively large quantities of dissolved minerals, but few other plant nutrients.
Fenland primarily lies around the coast of the Wash; it reaches into four counties: Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and a small area of Suffolk, as well as the historic county of Huntingdonshire. In whole it occupies an area of nearly 1,500 sq miles.
Most of the Fenland lies within a few metres of sea level. As with similar areas in the Netherlands, much of the Fenland originally consisted of fresh- or salt-water wetlands, which have been artificially drained and continue to be protected from floods by drainage banks and pumps.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 18 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 29 August, 2016
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Flat landscapes 
Primary Subject of Photo
Panorama 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 174 224 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.1894N 0:15.5760W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 175 223
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Nature Reserve  Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust  The Fens 

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