Nene Washes

Nene Washes is a 1,522.1 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the bank of the River Nene east of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.[1][3] It is also a Ramsar internationally important wetland site,[4] a Special Area of Conservation,[5] a Special Protection Area[6] and a Nature Conservation Review site.[7] An area of 280 hectares is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.[8][9]

This is described by Natural England as one of Britain's few remaining areas of washland which are vital for the survival of wildfowl and waders. Wintering wildfowls include wigeons, teals, pintails and Bewick's swans. The rich flora in ditches include uncommon species such as frogbit, water violet and flowering rush.[7]

There is access to the RSPB reserve immediately east of the B1040 road from Nene Way. The western end is private land with no public access.[9]

Nene Washes
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Distant swans, Guyhirn Wash - The Nene Washes - - 1737307
Area of SearchCambridgeshire
Grid referenceTL 307 999 [1]
Area1,522.1 hectares[1]
Location mapMagic Map
Official nameNene Washes
Designated5 March 1993
Reference no.587[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Nene Washes". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Nene Washes". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Map of Nene Washes". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS): Nene Washes" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Nene Washes". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  6. ^ "SPA description: Nene Washes". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Nene Washes citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Nene Washes". Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  9. ^ a b "RSPB and Nene Washes". Peterborough Bird Club. Retrieved 11 December 2016.

Coordinates: 52°35′N 0°04′W / 52.58°N 0.07°W

Adventurers' Land

Adventurers' Land is a 10.1 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) north of March in Cambridgeshire. It is a Geological Conservation Review site.The site is described by Natural England as important for the study of changes in Holocene sea levels. There are five peat levels dating to between 6,400 and 1,850 years BP, and the earliest represents the oldest directly dated transgression of the sea into the Fens. Part of the site is also in the Nene Washes biological SSSI.A public footpath along the north bank of the River Nene from Guyhirn goes through the site, which has been filled in and no geology is visible.


Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs.) is a county in the East of England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the north-east, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. The city of Cambridge is the county town. Modern Cambridgeshire was formed in 1974 as an amalgamation of the counties of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely and Huntingdon and Peterborough, the former covering the historic county of Cambridgeshire (including the Isle of Ely) and the latter covering the historic county of Huntingdonshire and the Soke of Peterborough, historically part of Northamptonshire. It contains most of the region known as Silicon Fen.

Local government is divided between Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, which, since 1998, forms a separate unitary authority. Under the county council, there are five district councils, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and Fenland District Council.

Cranes of Great Britain

Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds of the order Gruiformes. Two species occur as wild birds in Britain: the common crane (Grus grus), a scarce migrant and very localised breeding resident currently being reintroduced to the country, and the sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis), an extreme vagrant from North America. A third species, the demoiselle crane (Grus virgo), has been recorded on a number of occasions, but these birds have not generally been accepted as being of wild origin.

A number of other species are kept in captivity, resulting in the possibility of escapees being seen.

List of RSPB reserves

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity.

This is a list of RSPB reserves.

List of Ramsar sites in England

This list of Ramsar sites in England includes wetlands that are considered to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. England currently has 71 sites designated as "Wetlands of International Importance". For a full list of all Ramsar sites worldwide, see List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance.

List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance

This is the List of Wetlands of International Importance as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. As of 2019 there are 2,341 Ramsar Sites, covering 252,479,417 hectares.

The Convention establishes that "wetlands should be selected for the list on account of their international significance in terms of ecology, botany, zoology, limnology or hydrology." Over the years, the Conference of the Contracting Parties has adopted more specific criteria interpreting the Convention text.

The complete list of Wetlands of International Importance is accessible from the Ramsar website.

List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire is a county in eastern England, with an area of 339,746 hectares (1,312 sq mi) and a population as of mid-2015 of 841,218. It is crossed by the Nene and the Great Ouse rivers. The University of Cambridge, which was founded in the thirteenth century, made the county one of the country's most important intellectual centres. A large part of the county is in The Fens, and drainage of this habitat, which probably commenced in the Roman period and was largely completed by the seventeenth century, considerably increased the area available for agriculture.The administrative county was formed in 1974, incorporating most of the historic county of Huntingdonshire. Local government is divided between Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, which is a separate unitary authority. Under the county council, there are five district councils, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and Fenland District Council.In England, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are designated by Natural England, which is responsible for protecting England's natural environment. Designation as an SSSI gives legal protection to the most important wildlife and geological sites. As of March 2017, there are 99 sites designated in the county. There are eighty-eight sites listed for their biological interest, ten for their geological interest, and one for both interests.

The largest site is Ouse Washes at 2,513.6 hectares (6,211 acres), which is partly in Norfolk. It is internationally important for its wintering and breeding waterfowl and waders, such as teal, pintail and wigeon. The smallest is Delph Bridge Drain at 0.1 hectares (0.25 acres), a short stretch of ditch which was designated because it was found to have a population of fen ragwort, which was believed to have been extinct in Britain since 1857. The only site designated for both biological and geological interests is Ely Pits and Meadows, which has nationally important numbers of bitterns, and has yielded sauropod dinosaurs and pliosaur marine reptiles dating to the Jurassic period.

List of Special Areas of Conservation in England

The following is a list of Special Areas of Conservation in England

Alde, Ore and Butley Estuaries

Arnecliff and Park Hole Woods

Arun Valley

Asby Complex

Ashdown Forest

Aston Rowant

Avon Gorge Woodlands

Barnack Hills and Holes

Baston Fen

Bath and Bradford-on-Avon Bats

Beast Cliff – Whitby (Robin Hood's Bay)

Bee's Nest and Green Clay Pits

Beer Quarry and Caves

Benacre to Easton Bavents Lagoons

Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast

Birklands and Bilhaugh

Blackstone Point

Blean Complex

Bolton Fell Moss

Border Mires, Kielder – Butterburn

Borrowdale Woodland Complex

Bracket's Coppice

Braunton Burrows


Bredon Hill

Breney Common and Goss and Tregoss Moors

Briddlesford Copses

Brown Moss

Burnham Beeches

Butser Hill

Calf Hill and Cragg Woods

Cannock Chase

Cannock Extension Canal

Carrine Common

Castle Eden Dene

Castle Hill

Cerne and Sydling Downs

Chesil and the Fleet

Chilmark Quarries

Chilterns Beechwoods

Clints Quarry

Cothill Fen

Cotswold Beechwoods

Craven Limestone Complex

Crookhill Brick Pit

Crowdy Marsh

Culm Grasslands

Cumbrian Marsh Fritillary Site


Dawlish Warren

Denby Grange Colliery Ponds

Devil's Dyke, Cambridgeshire

Dew's Ponds

Dixton Wood

Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes

Dorset Heaths

Dover to Kingsdown Cliffs

Downton Gorge

Drigg Coast

Duddon Mosses

Duncton to Bignor Escarpment


Durham Coast

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

East Hampshire Hangers

Ebernoe Common

Eller's Wood and Sand Dale

Emer Bog

Ensor's Pool

Epping Forest

Essex Estuaries

Eversden and Wimpole Woods

Exmoor and Quantock Oakwoods

Exmoor Heaths

Fal and Helford

Fen Bog


Fenn's, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses

Fens Pools

Flamborough Head

Folkestone to Etchinghill escarpment

Fontmell and Melbury Downs

Ford Moss

Gang Mine

Gibraltar Point

Godrevy Head to St Agnes

Great Yews


Hackpen Hill

Haig Fras

Harbottle Moors

Hartslock Wood

Hastings Cliffs

Hatfield Moor

Helbeck and Swindale Woods

Hestercombe House

Holme Moor and Clean Moor

Ingleborough Complex

Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs

Isle of Wight Downs

Isles of Scilly Complex

Kennet and Lambourn Floodplain

Kennet Valley Alderwoods

Kingley Vale

Kirk Deighton

Lake District High Fells

Lewes Downs (Mount Caburn)

Little Wittenham

Lower Bostraze and Leswidden

Lower Derwent Valley


Lydden and Temple Ewell Downs

Lyppard Grange Ponds

Manchester Mosses

Marsland Valley

Mells Valley

Mendip Limestone Grasslands

Mendip Woodlands

Minsmere to Walberswick Heaths and Marshes

Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment

Moor House – Upper Teesdale

Morecambe Bay Pavements

Morecambe Bay

Mottey Meadows

Mottisfont Bats

Naddle Forest

Nene Washes

Newham Fen

Newlyn Downs

Norfolk Valley Fens

North Downs Woodlands

North Meadow and Clattinger Farm

North Norfolk Coast

North Northumberland Dunes

North Pennine Dales Meadows

North Pennine Moors

North Somerset and Mendip Bats

North York Moors

Oak Mere

Orfordness – Shingle Street

Orton Pit

Ouse Washes

Overstrand Cliffs

Ox Close

Oxford Meadows

Parkgate Down

Paston Great Barn

Pasturefields Salt Marsh

Peak District Dales

Penhale Dunes

Peter's Pit

Pewsey Downs

Phoenix United Mine and Crow's Nest

Plymouth Sound and Estuaries

Polruan to Polperro


Prescombe Down


Queendown Warren

Rex Graham Reserve

Richmond Park

River Avon

River Axe

River Camel

River Clun

River Dee and Bala Lake

River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake

River Derwent

River Eden

River Ehen

River Itchen

River Kent

River Lambourn

River Mease

River Tweed

River Wensum

River Wye

Rixton Clay Pits

Rochdale Canal

Rodborough Common

Roman Wall Loughs

Rook Clift


Roudsea Wood and Mosses

Roydon Common and Dersingham Bog

Salisbury Plain

Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve

Sandwich Bay

Sefton Coast

Shortheath Common

Sidmouth to West Bay

Simonside Hills

Singleton and Cocking Tunnels

Skipwith Common

Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons

Solent Maritime

Solway Firth

South Dartmoor Woods

South Devon Shore Dock

South Hams

South Pennine Moors

South Solway Mosses

South Wight Maritime

St Albans Head to Durlston Head

St Austell Clay Pits

Staverton Park and The Thicks, Wantisden


Strensall Common

Subberthwaite, Blawith and Torver Low Commons

Tarn Moss

Thanet Coast

The Broads

The Lizard

The Mens

The New Forest

The Stiperstones and The Hollies

The Wash and North Norfolk Coast

Thorne Moors


Thursley, Ash, Pirbright and Chobham

Tintagel–Marsland–Clovelly Coast

Tregonning Hill

Tweed Estuary

Tyne and Allen River Gravels

Tyne and Nent

Ullswater Oakwoods

Walton Moss

Wast Water

Waveney and Little Ouse Valley Fens

West Dorset Alder Woods

West Midlands Mosses

Wimbledon Common

Windsor Forest and Great Park

Winterton – Horsey Dunes

Witherslack Mosses

Woolmer Forest

Wormley Hoddesdonpark Woods

Wye and Crundale Downs

Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Bat Sites

Wye Valley Woodlands

Yewbarrow Woods

List of introduced bird species

This list of introduced bird species includes all the species of bird introduced to an area without regard to that territory being or not being their native area of occupation or the success of that re-introduction or introduction to the area. This practice has been harmful in many areas, although some introductions are made with the aim of preserving bird species. Following the name of the bird, a brief description of where they were introduced is included.

List of the largest Sites of Special Scientific Interest in England

This is a list of the largest Sites of Special Scientific Interest in England in decreasing order of size. A lower threshold of 100 hectares or one square kilometre has been used.

River Nene

The River Nene ( or : see below) is a river in the east of England that rises from three sources in Northamptonshire. The tidal river is about 100 miles (160 km) long, about 3.7 miles (6.0 km) of which forms the border between Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. It is the tenth-longest river in the United Kingdom, and is navigable for 88 miles (142 km), from Northampton to The Wash.


Washland or washes are areas of land adjacent to rivers which are deliberately flooded at times when the rivers are high, to avoid flooding in residential or important agricultural areas. They often provide for overwintering wildfowl, and several include important nature reserves.Examples of washlands include:

The Ouse Washes of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk

The Nene Washes of Cambridgeshire


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