Achieving more for nature

Lincolnshire landscapes

Take a virtual tour of Greater Lincolnshire and discover the natural and geological features of your area, as well as local conservation projects taking place near you.

Fens for the Future

The Fens were once England’s largest wetland. Now less than 1% of the original wetland habitat remains. The Fens for the Future vision is to see sustainable wetlands restored, recreated and reconnected across the Fens for the benefit of people, the rural economy and our natural and historic heritage.

Background

The Fens for the Future (FftF) partnership is a group of public, private, academic and voluntary sector organisations whose broad aim is to further the partnership approach to landscape scale conservation in the Fenland district and beyond. The partnership covers the fenland area of four counties; Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The project is promoting the benefits the natural environment can deliver and there are good examples of partners beginning to adopt an ecosystems approach.The restoration of wetland habitat will contribute to the Lincolnshire BAP target of extending fenland areas by 1000ha by 2020.

Large scale wet fenland creation has been a key issue since the 1990s and a number of ambitious habitat restoration projects such as The Great Fen Project, the Wicken Fen Vision and the Lakenheath are in progress. In our area the South Lincolnshire Fens partnership is a key contributer to the overarching initiative.

The FftF approach is to:

  • Lobby at a strategic level for recognition of the importance of fenland and the potential of the area
  • Raise awareness of, promote and encourage environmentally friendly land management practices appropriate for fenland
  • Establish a baseline and monitoring framework to record achievement towards a range of environmental, economic and social indicators
  • Undertake projects that support and build capacity for the partner organisations and sites for the benefit of the area. This will include shared learning and research

Actions

In November 2012 the FftF Strategic Plan  was launched, identifying the top priorities for biodiversity action and to assist with subsequent funding bids across the inland fens. The Strategic Plan complements existing work and provides an overarching framework that translates policy into action on the ground. Also in November that year the Fenland Biodiversity Audit Report  was published.

Current survey work includes two projects: The Fenland Flora project; and work to survey ditches in the area to identify 'what makes a good ditch' for biodiversity and water management. Volunteers are always welcome and should contact the project officer by using the email address on the left of this page.

The conference is usually held in November and covers themes including the economic value of the Fens.  For other news and events please refer to the FftF page  hosted on the South Lincolnshire Fens website.