|Strumpshaw staff and volunteers at Buckenham Marshes|
|Wigeon in the air|
|Canada Geese (and hybrid Barnacle x Canada goose)|
In the beginning, Strumpshaw was a piece of land that constantly flooded. In this photo from 1910, what you are looking at is where the toilets are today (where the water is!). The buildings in this photo no longer exist.
|Aerial photo of Strumpshaw Fen from 1946|
|Dr Martin George (left) and Wesley Key|
In this photo, you can see the original plans of the reserve. Originally, they had wanted a path across the middle of the reserve with a hide, but this was later scrapped. Also notice that there is no trail along the western length of the river which is now the River Trail where the Tower Hide is and where the Lackford Run path meets.
|Aerial photo of Strumpshaw Fen in its early years as a nature reserve|
The 1980's saw a lot of management work in creating the lakes and reedbeds. Water pumps were used to shift the water across the reserve. In 1984, the original Tower Hide was built. It was made of wood and was very shaky in strong winds. It was later replaced in 2003 with a more sturdier model.
|The original Tower Hide, 1984|
|The current Tower Hide, 2003|
|Marsh Harrier chicks|
It hasn't been all good news at Strumpshaw despite the success of marsh harriers, bitterns and otters. We have lost species such as lesser spotted woodpecker, turtle dove, willow tit and tree sparrow, all once common here now lost completely. Worst was still to come as we entered the new Millennium with the threat of rising sea levels. Salt water was entering the fen from the river and it was killing wildlife such as fish and dragonflies. We now check salt levels constantly and use our sluice system to drain it from the reserve. Mink was also a threat. As a non-native species, they kill much of the native species at an alarming rate, especially water voles. Traps were placed to capture them and though we still have mink on the reserve, there are now fewer of them around.
|Aerial photo of Strumpshaw Fen today|