Category Archives: Fen Landscape

Fen Landscape – Rampton

Cow Lane, Rampton, Sunday 19th December, shortly after photographing the sheep posted on the 20th.

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Fen Landscape – Cottenham

Sheep have been grazing on land east of the Cottenham Race Course for several months. No grass here – they seem now to be surviving on some kind of break or cover crop. (And no seasonal shepherds watching the flock.) … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Swavesey

With the walking group at Swavesey, Wednesday 1st December 2021.  Parked in Market Street and headed NW out of the village, across the Guided Busway and along the bank between the Lagoon and Swavesey Lake.  Strong cold wind from the … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Cottenham

Fen drain, North Fen, Cottenham. Perhaps we should think of them as veins, not drains.

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Fen Landscape – Cottenham

Another September evening on North Fen, Cottenham.

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Fen Landscape – Reach

Reach, Wednesday.  Parked in the village, climbed up onto the Devil’s Dyke and walked south-east between hedges rich with autumnal fruits, hips, haws, sloes and blackberries.  Just before the line of the old railway we dropped down to the right … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – All Saints Cottenham

The low sun picks out the tower of All Saints, Cottenham, against an approaching stormy sky. Pevsner writes: ‘The one feature one remembers about Cottenham church is the tower with its odd stepped battlements and bulbous ogee pinnacles. It is … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Cottenham

Sun setting over North Fen, Cottenham, mid-August 2021.

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Fen Landscape – Cottenham

Low evening sun illuminates trees in bold relief against an approaching leaden sky. Edge of Cottenham, August 2021.

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Fen Landacape – North Fen, Cottenham

It’s too easy to focus on the scale and drama of the skies in the Fens. It’s important to look to the land for the features that help to define this extraordinary landscape.

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Fen Landscape – Rampton

Late afternoon walk out along Cow Lane yesterday. A dozen young bullocks at a water trough. Pheasants running for cover. Ripening blackberries. An uncut field of a mysterious grass-like crop. Joggers and cyclists; and cars raising dust along the newly … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – North Fen, Cottenham

Walking out onto North Fen under a bi-polar sky, yesterday evening.  Clear sky and bright sun to the east; slate skies of an approaching front to the west.  Trees and buildings, hedges and stubble illuminated in a diorama relief.

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Fen Landscape Revisited

Further to recent posts after my visit to RSPB Lakenheath, three photographs from the archives. The Padnal signal box Shippea Hill; it always looked as if it was about to collapse before it succumbed to fire. The Wellingtonia (if that … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Lakenheath New Fen

According to historian on the Fens, W H Wheeler,: ‘so wild a country naturally reared up a people as wild as the fen, and many of the Fenmen were as destitute of all the comforts and amenities of civilised life … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Poplars

The poplar plantations are a striking feature of RSPB Lakenheath – the trees thrive on the moist soil and the mild/temperate climate. There are many 40-60 year old plantations throughout the British lowlands, including the Fens, as a result of Wilkinsons … Continue reading

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