Ouse Washes

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Ouse Washes: The washlands were created 360 years ago to retain winter flood water from the Ouse and prevent it from flooding the valuable surrounding farmland, and it still performs this function today. It is now a joint Wildlife Trust and RSPB reserve and home to hundreds of thousands of wintering ducks and breeding waders, and refuge for many other characteristic Fen species. From the hide you may only see a glittering network of ditches but down among the pondweeds and rushes there are water voles, otters, dragonflies, damselflies as well as a whole host of nationally rare and wonderful plants, fish, insects and molluscs. As with all these sites please observe the Country Code.

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March 8 miles. On the A141 Chatteris to March road take B1093 to Manea at Wimblington. From village follow signs to RSPB Ouse Washes reserve at Welches Dam, park in visitor centre..


Bus from March to Manea (Cavalier) then 3 mile walk on minor roads


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Address: Ouse Washes, The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6DH, UK
Phone: +44 1954 713500
Email: cambridgeshire@wildlifebcnp.org

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