Description and Walk
The Fowlmere Nature Reserve is situated between Fowlmere and Melbourn in Cambridgeshire. The reserve is a section of land set aside by a farm, and was previously used as an area where watercress was grown. The reserve’s reedbeds and pools are fed by natural chalk water, meaning that they are particularly clean and clear.
Fowlmere is home to a wide range of wildlife and waterfowl, and has been designated an area of special scientific interest; it covers an area of approximately 40 hectares (40 football pitches).
We visited on a bit of a grim day when wildlife seemed to be in hiding, and that year the Kingfishers were a complete no-show. The site lacks the odd open field or meadow that other nature reserves have, which makes for a more closed-in, slightly overgrown feel. It does have a large hide that was popular with photographers and a populated owl box, though of course the owl is not out much during the day.
See our short video at the bottom of this page.