Due to heavy rainfall along the catchment of the River Great Ouse, the Ouse Washes are currently acting as a flood water storage area. Access is possible to the main hide and wing hides, all other footpaths and hides are closed due to flooding. Swan feeds and hare walk are still running as normal.


No lift access to the reserve: Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are unable to access the reserve at present, we are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Until the lift is working access is via a flight of 8 steps a landing and then 12 steps. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, access is still possible to the shop and cafe which have fantastic views out over Lady Fen and our bird feeders.


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Artist Nicola Bramley features in the gallery this September and October

Posted on 27 Aug 2019

Nicola's work will be on display in the gallery throughout September and October.

As an artist and zoologist fascinated by the natural world, the starting point for any of my pictures has always been field observation. Using drawing, painting and printmaking I record the world around me. I love wildlife picture making and living on the edge of Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire, I am always surrounded by a rich and constant source of inspiration for my art.

Over the years, my work has involved private commissions from individuals and organisations (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Bristol Zoo), illustration for wildlife publications as well as exhibition at local and national art events (Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Society of Wildlife Artists annual exhibition at Mall Galleries, London).

Using the natural world as inspiration, I have always enjoyed enabling others to draw, paint and print. As well as running successful art workshops for young people and classes for adults over many years, I have also more recently been lucky enough to work on several local community printmaking projects.

Nicola Bramley

Eider duck painting by Nicola Bramley

Short-eared owl by Nicola Bramley