Ouse Washes: The Heart of the Fens

Heritage Lottery FundA couple of weeks ago saw the launch of a remarkable new book about the history of the Fens.

Ian Rotherham, the author of ‘The Lost Fens’ is a writer, broadcaster and Professor of environmental geography and reader in tourism and environmental change at Sheffield Hallam University.

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The Lost fens, by Ian Rotherham. Source: http://www.environmentalhistories.net/?p=697
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Ian Rotherham

The Lost Fens is about the history of the cultural landscape of the Fen area. It tells the story of the most dramatic ecological destruction in our history. Around 8,000 sq km of wetland present in the 1600s was almost entirely obliterated by 1900. The book draws together the story of a lost ecology, of changing landscapes, lost people, lost cultures and ways of life, and lost wildlife.

The story of these lost Fens is, in Rotherham’s words “the greatest single ecological catastrophe that ever occurred in England”.

Indeed, so thoroughly…

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