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RSPB Ouse Washes

Manea, Welches Dam, March PE15 0NF, UK

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About RSPB Ouse Washes

The Ouse Washes form the largest area of washland in the UK. In winter it attracts thousands of ducks and whooper swans returning from Iceland, while the warmer spring months bring hundreds of snipe, lapwings, and redshanks to breed. 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.

Attractions near RSPB Ouse Washes

Oliver Cromwell's House8.8km from RSPB Ouse Washes

The house where Oliver Cromwell and his family lived from 1636-1647 is an attractive half-timbered building that once served as the vicarage for nearby St Mary's Church. The house was built in the 13th century, and portions of that first structure survive in the east wing of the current house.

Ely Cathedral9.04km from RSPB Ouse Washes

A majestic cathedral that was best known for its magnificent Romanesque and Gothic cathedral. Its construction began in 1083, and today it's a fascinating place to learn about the region's history while marveling at the craftsmanship of the building itself. Its most notable feature is the central octagonal tower, with lantern above, which provides a unique internal space and, along with the West Tower, dominates the surrounding landscape.

St Wendreda's Church10.8km from RSPB Ouse Washes

St Wendreda’s Church is the only known church to be dedicated to the saint, an Anglo Saxon princess who lived in March during the 7th century and who dedicated most of her life to ministry and healing.  It was one of the famous pilgrimage centers in this area and also attracts a lot of tourists.

Prickwillow Engine Museum13.14km from RSPB Ouse Washes

One of the unique museums in this area, which tells the story of the drainage of the Fens, the history of the local area, and those doughty individuals who ran the drainage pumps in remote locations. The museum showcases some of the region's finest examples of restored diesel engines.

Denny Abbey and The Farmland Museum17.68km from RSPB Ouse Washes

Denny Abbey has a unique and fascinating history, having been occupied at various times by three different monastic orders. Founded in 1159 as a Benedictine monastery, in 1170 it was taken over by the Knights Templars and used as a home for aged and infirm members of the order.  Find out about farming in the past by visiting the farm buildings including a 17th-century threshing barn, explore the craft workshops, which include a wheelwright and blacksmith.

National Trust - Wicken Fen Nature Reserve17.95km from RSPB Ouse Washes

Wicken Fen was the first nature reserve owned by the National Trust. Today it is one of Europe's most important wetlands home to over 9000 species.   One of the nice trekking destinations and also The reserve includes fenland, farmland, marsh, and reedbeds. Wicken Fen is one of only four wild fens which still survive in the enormous Great Fen Basin area of East Anglia, where 99.9% of the former fens have now been replaced by arable cultivation.

Where is RSPB Ouse Washes

Discover more attractions in Cambridgeshire, where RSPB Ouse Washes is located

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The Cambridgeshire Fens cover an area of around 200 square miles of extremely flat, mostly agricultural land, west of The Wash. Nestling between the cathedral city of Peterborough and the university town of Cambridge, Fenland makes an ideal destination for a short break all year round.