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Wonderful Wetland Winter Walk

On the 29th December 2019 we held our annual winter walk around the fens. Luckily the flood waters of the previous week had receded enough that we could get around the sites and enjoy the walk. Over 50 people and a few dogs joined us for a very informative and interesting walk around the fens, visiting New Fen and Reeves Meadows. After the walk people returned back to the recently refurbished Thelnetham Village Hall, where LOHP and Thelnetham Parish Council's volunteers had been hard at work only days before removing mud from the car park and cleaning chairs in readiness for our arrival - where we were greeted with tea, coffee and hot soup - well deserved after a morning's stroll.

Release date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

AGM a Great Success

Water Vole © Arthur Rivett

This years 18th Annual General Meeting was a great success with over 100 people attending. With an update of the past year from our Conservation Manager Ellie Beach and an interesting talk about Water Voles from Darren Tansley, Essex Widllife Trust. To read more visit our Conservation Manager's page.

Release date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Wildflowers make a come back at New Fen

Wildflowers on New Fen

A wonderful display of wildflowers can be seen on New Fen this year as the fen plants start to make a come back. New Fen had lost its fen habitat as it became colonised by trees, last year we set about removing them with many a volunteer task spent clearing vegatation. Once the trees were gone a sea of nettles and thistles devloped but with careful management these are now making way for some of the once lost fen plants. This is only the begining we have a long way to go to match Thelnetham Fen next door, but we are well on our way. Next step will be to cut the fen vegetation once it has stopped flowering, this is a big job if you want to come along and lend a hand please get in touch with our Conservation Manager Ellie Beach ellie.beach [at] lohp.org.uk 

Release date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Help save Reeves Meadows

Reeves Meadows

We are excited to have a once-in-lifetime opportunity to purchase a key piece of land which provides both a vital link in our chain of wildlife sites along the Little Ouse river, and a new gateway for visitors to the valley. Reeves Meadows run from ancient Thelnetham Church down to the river, and reunite the rich wildlife sites of Hinderclay Fen and the Thelnetham and Blo-Norton Fens. They also link Carr Meadow, our most recent acquisition, to these sites, providing even greater possibilities for enhancing the wildlife and landscape of this already internationally important area. The opportunity to provide a discrete parking area close to the road will be welcomed by the many people who enjoy walking the valley's many footpaths and discovering its rich wildlife, from otters to orchids.

To secure Reeves Meadows as an integral link in the Little Ouse wildife corridor, and for the enjoyment of future generations, we urgently need to raise £140,000. Please visit our appeal page and help make this dream a reality.

Release date: Friday, January 11, 2019

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