Lowland wetland habitats are one of the most threatened habitats in the UK. As wetlands can support such a large and diverse species pool their dramatic decline, particularly since the industrial revolution, has had devastating effects. 

Wetlands can be described as areas of land that hold a large amount of moisture, this can be seasonal such as with carr (wet woodland) or floodplains; it can also include riparian areas such as river banks. 

Though not necessarily always wet this globally important habitat creates a vital link between land and water, such as floodplains, reedbed and fen. Their importance is critical in the management of flooding and as a way of purifying and storing water for aquifers. 

Discover more about Pensthorpe’s work with the River Wensum Restoration and Floodplain Enhancement Project.