A new purpose built wetland habitat has officially opened next to the Welney centre.
The creation of this additional wetland habitat, called Lady Fen, was made possible thanks to a partnership project between the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) and the Environment Agency.
The wetland creation at Lady Fen started in 2006 with the first 38 hectares; the latest section takes the total area of the wetland habitat to 114 hectares. This is in addition to the traditional reserve which lies on the Ouse Washes.
The increased periods of deeper and more prolonged flooding of recent years on the Ouse Washes have had a detrimental effect on the condition and availability of the habitat for wetland wildlife.
This new area will create a more stable wetland habitat with no chance that it will flood uncontrollably.