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Introduction to ecosystems
Introduction to ecosystems

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4 The wetlands of Wicken Fen

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Wicken Fen is a conservation area in the east of England, near Cambridge [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . It is one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves and home to around 7,000 species of mammals, birds, plants, insects and other invertebrates.

Wicken Fen has been described as ‘biodiversity hotspot’, and offers the opportunity to observe multiple habitats, each with its own ecosystem, interacting with each other and forming larger ecosystems. The wide range of habitats, the diversity of species, and the complex food webs present in Wicken Fen are all factors in determining biodiversity.

Take this opportunity to explore the area around Wicken Fen.