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A warm welcome to The Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

The Crown Estate is pleased to be working in partnership with The Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, and welcoming them to Rushden Lakes.

We, together with The Wildlife Trust BCN, want people to access, appreciate and learn about the Nene Valley and its importance for wildlife and how it has been shaped and influenced by layers of agricultural, industrial and cultural heritage. The Nene Wetlands is an area with an interconnected and fascinating heritage, one which we want to encourage people to come and explore for themselves.

The Wildlife Trust BCN is bringing this hidden heritage to life and in-turn inspiring people to celebrate and conserve it. By increasing awareness and inspiring local pride, we can work together to build upon the area’s international recognition as a world class place to see migratory birds. The area is dominated by flooded gravel pits and associated habitat including wet meadow, wet woodland and reedbed, and lies at the heart of the Wildlife Trust’s Nene Valley Living Landscape, and the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site.

We want people to feel part of what is happening and can’t wait for visitors to come and explore with us.

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