Reframing a vision of lost fens
Wetlands were once common over a large part of eastern England, including Cambridgeshire, East Anglia and Lincolnshire. Of these so-called fens only two percent remains today and most of it is now situated in nature reserves. Ian Rotherham analyses in this talk the attitudes towards the fens over the centuries and the related attitudes that led to the draining of thousands of square kilometers of wetland. He also considers the rich wild life in these wetlands and what a rich resources these provided for its inhabitants.
Professor Ian Rotherham is director of the Tourism and Environmental Change Research Unit at Sheffield Hallam University.